Over the past decade, treatment options for multiple myeloma have increased substantially. New treatments have resulted in improved survival rates among multiple myeloma patients.
Even more encouraging, there are many promising new therapies under investigation right now. The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is helping accelerate the development of the next multiple myeloma treatments. By seeking to customize treatments based on mapping patients’ genomes, we’re also accelerating the development of the right treatment for each patient based on his or her specific characteristics.
Your doctor will consider a wide range of factors when determining your multiple myeloma treatment plan. Throughout your treatment, be sure to share any questions or concerns you may have with your doctor. Here are some questions to get you started:
- What are my treatment choices?
- What are the benefits and risks of each treatment?
- Am I a candidate for stem cell transplantation? If so, what kind—autologous or allogeneic?
- Could a clinical trial be an option for me?
- What is the goal of this treatment—to treat the disease or to relieve symptoms?
- What percentage of the patient population responds to this treatment?
- What should I do to prepare for treatment?
- What side effects can I expect from treatment?
- How will this treatment affect my everyday life?
- How long will it take me to recover from treatment?
- When can I go back to work after treatment?
- What are the chances that the cancer will come back after treatment? What symptoms should I look for?
- If certain types of treatment fail, what are my next options?
- What is the cost of therapy? What costs will my insurance cover?