Our team of specialists is highly experienced and ready to work with you to create a personalized multiple myeloma treatment plan. In making recommendations, the team considers:

  • Your age and overall health
  • Symptoms
  • The cancer’s stage
  • Test results, include genetic analysis of the tumor
  • How the cancer responds to initial multiple myeloma treatment
  • Whether the cancer is newly diagnosed or has returned (recurred)
  • Your preferences and goals

Some cases of multiple myeloma don’t cause symptoms and might only need careful monitoring (watchful waiting) until the condition worsens. If multiple myeloma treatment is recommended, it’s usually done in stages:

  1. Kill as much as cancer as possible, with one or more approaches:
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anti-tumor steroid (corticosteroid)
  • Targeted therapy
  1. Destroy any remaining cancer with high-dose chemotherapy and a restorative stem cell transplant. Learn more about our Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program
  2. Provide follow-up therapy to keep the cancer in remission, using the same therapies as stage 1

We may also recommend radiation to treat painful bone damage that is not responding to chemotherapy. 

Multiple Myeloma Treatment Supportive Care

In addition to primary multiple myeloma treatment, we might also recommend:

  • Bisphosphonate drugs to slow the destruction of bone
  • Physical therapy to relieve bone problems, or surgery to place metal rods or plates to support bones and prevent or treat fractures (learn more about our cancer rehab)
  • Injection of donated antibodies to prevent infections
  • Blood transfusions to relieve anemia and related symptoms
  • A procedure called plasmapheresis to remove myeloma proteins that are thickening the blood and interfering with circulation

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FAQ's About Multiple Myeloma

Click below to learn more about multiple myeloma from Dr. Vesole.

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