Multiple Myeloma - Treatment

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What is the treatment for multiple myeloma?

There is no known treatment that cures multiple myeloma. However, there are methods to decrease the occurrence and severity of symptoms. The therapy is decided based upon the patient's condition and, in some individuals, the multiple myeloma stage and the interaction of the oncologist or cancer management team made with the patient's input.

Options for treatment include chemotherapy, radiation, immunosuppression, and surgery. The choices for treatment(s) often include combinations of the above techniques and combinations of chemotherapy drugs. Details of complicated treatment protocols can be found in the 2011 NCCN guidelines.

There are many drugs used to treat multiple myeloma. Research is ongoing and newer drugs are being investigated and used for treatment with some frequency. For example, a clinical trial in 2013 reported that lenalidomide produced a significant increase in survival of newly-diagnosed multiple myeloma. Most doctors that specialize in cancer treatment will be aware of these newest treatments for multiple myeloma.

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Comment from: JD's caretaker, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 23

JD was started on Velcade then SCT. Followed by maintenance therapy of Thalidomide for 2 years. Has bad neuropathy in feet and had skin cancer removed. Both caused by treatment. He says, "A small price to pay".

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Comment from: asa, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 07

My wife, 65 years old is suffering from multiple myeloma and is on thalidomide 100 mg daily as maintenance dose. Her major problems or side effects are extreme weakness, huge swelling both legs below knees and feet causing difficulty in walking, and backache.

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