Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma can be frightening. But there’s good news. INTEGRIS Health is here to walk every step by your side with the region’s foremost specialists, therapies and technology.

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If you’ve received a multiple myeloma diagnosis – or if your physician thinks you might have it – chances are you’re scared, worried and confused. But there’s good news. INTEGRIS Health is here to walk every step by your side. That’s why we bring together the region’s foremost team of specialists with the most advanced and successful treatments available.

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At the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, we put you – the patient – first. That means doing everything we can to streamline the process and get you into treatment as soon as possible. To accomplish that, we regularly gather together physicians and specialists in our Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinics to create the best course of treatment for you. That means the time you have to spend between diagnosis and treatment is dramatically reduced.

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Understanding Multiple Myeloma

If you think you may be suffering from multiple myeloma, it’s best to talk with your physician. Symptoms caused by multiple myeloma could also be caused by a variety of other health problems, and only a doctor can accurately diagnose their cause.

  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Frequent thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Bone pain, especially in the ribs or back
  • Frequent fractures
  • Frequent infections
  • Weakness or numbness in the leg
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If your doctor thinks you might have multiple myeloma, exams and tests will be required to reach an accurate diagnosis. This begins with your physician asking questions about your health history, symptoms, risk factors and family history of disease, and may continue with more in-depth tests:

  • Blood Tests: May include test for immunoglobulin (antibody) levels, serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP), serum immunofixation, complete blood count (CBC) and blood chemistry tests.
  • Urine Tests: Includes urinalysis of chemicals and proteins in your urine, as well as collecting and testing all of your urine over a 24-hour period using urine protein electrophoresis and urine immunofixation.
  • Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy: Tests for cancer cells in your bone marrow.
  • Imaging Tests: May include Bone X-rays (skeletal survey), Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Computed tomography (CT) scan and/or Positron emission tomography (PET) scan.

Your treatment program will be unique to you and your needs. Upon diagnosis, a plan is mapped out, taking into consideration your age, overall health and health history, how much the cancer has advanced, predicted course of the disease, tolerance for available procedures and medications, as well as your preferences and opinions. Some cases of this multiple myeloma progress very slowly, so your doctor may recommend waiting to see if the cancer becomes actively harmful before aggressive treatment is pursued, since treatment can sometimes be more harmful than the disease.

Treatment options for multiple myeloma include:

  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancerous cells by interfering with the cancer cell's ability to grow or reproduce, though some groups of drugs work differently.
  • Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells.
  • Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is a treatment that uses the body's own immune system to fight cancer.
  • Targeted Agents: Targeted therapy uses drugs that attack specific parts of cancer cells. These drugs work differently from standard chemotherapy drugs, and often have less severe side effects.
  • Stem Cell Transplants of healthy bone marrow

At INTEGRIS, we offer a wide variety of support programs and services along with the Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center to help patients with multiple myeloma and their loved ones manage the physical and emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Support services for multiple myeloma include:

  • Mind, body therapies including acupuncture, massage, and yoga
  • Research and clinical trials
  • Nutrition consultations
  • Pastoral care, spiritual support and relaxation techniques
  • Resource Room
  • Clinical social work services
  • Counseling
  • Patient navigation and survivor care planning
  • Multi-disciplinary clinic coordination
  • Cancer screenings
  • Patient and family support groups
  • Integrative Medicine Clinic

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