Focus on Myeloma
Be sure to take notes so that you can remember your doctor’s responses and instructions.
Your oncologist, nurses, and other members of your healthcare team work together to treat your multiple myeloma. Since medical appointments are the main time you will interact with your team, being as prepared as possible for these visits is important. It will help ensure that you understand your diagnosis and treatment, get answers to your questions, and feel more satisfied with your overall care. Here are some ways to prepare for your medical appointments.
Experts in myeloma will help you consider all of your treatment options, balancing the risks and benefits of each with your age and overall health. For example, while high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplant is considered a standard treatment for myeloma, not everyone can tolerate high-dose chemotherapy.
Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that begins in plasma cells (white blood cells that produce antibodies). Different types of treatments are available. Some treatments are standard, and some are being tested in clinical trials. Nine types of standard treatment for multiple myeloma are currently used.