Multiple Myeloma

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Treating Multiple Myeloma TOPICS

How is multiple myeloma treated?

This information represents the views of the doctors and nurses serving on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Database Editorial Board. These views are based on their interpretation of studies published in medical journals, as well as their own professional experience.
The treatment information in this document is not official policy of the Society and is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your cancer care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.
Your doctor may have reasons for suggesting a treatment plan different from these general treatment options. Don’t hesitate to ask him or her questions about your treatment options.

After multiple myeloma is found and staged, your cancer care team will discuss treatment options with you. The treatment for multiple myeloma may include:

It is important to discuss all of your treatment options, including their goals and possible side effects, with your doctors to help make the decision that best fits your needs. It’s also very important to ask questions if you’re not sure about something. You can find some good questions to ask in the section, “What should you ask your doctor about multiple myeloma?”

For information about some of the most common approaches used based on the extent of the disease, see the section “Treatment of multiple myeloma, by stage.”

You should take a reasonable amount of time to think about all of the choices. Getting a second opinion can provide more information and help you feel more confident about the chosen treatment plan. Some insurance companies require a second opinion before they will agree to pay for certain treatments.


Last Medical Review: 05/22/2014
Last Revised: 06/16/2014