Multiple Myeloma: Phoenix

SurvivorNet has collaborated with survivors and physicians to provide patients in Phoenix, Arizona, with helpful information and support during their multiple myeloma journey. We hope these resources make it easier to connect with people in your neighborhood who can help.

Multiple Myeloma Treatment Guide for the Phoenix Community

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  • Bone marrow biopsies identify features of an individual’s cancer so doctors can personalize treatment.
  • There are three phases of multiple myeloma: MGUS, smoldering myeloma and multiple myeloma.
  • Monitoring patients with multiple myeloma involves tracking abnormal proteins in the bloodstream.

Multiple Myeloma Treatment Guide for the Phoenix Community

  • Bone marrow biopsies identify features of an individual’s cancer so doctors can personalize treatment.
  • There are three phases of multiple myeloma: MGUS, smoldering myeloma and multiple myeloma.
  • Monitoring patients with multiple myeloma involves tracking abnormal proteins in the bloodstream.

Receiving Induction Therapy for Multiple Myeloma in Phoenix

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Receiving Induction Therapy for Multiple Myeloma in Phoenix

  • Induction therapy is the first treatment you will receive for newly-diagnosed multiple myeloma.
  • The goal of this treatment is to put you into remission.
  • The typical induction therapy includes a combination of three drugs, but many doctors add a fourth drug into the mix.

What You Need to Know About Stem Cell Transplant in Phoenix

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  • An autologous stem cell transplant replaces the abnormal cancer cells in your bone marrow with healthy stem cells taken from your own body.
  • A stem cell transplant offers you a good chance at a long-term remission.
  • Doctors usually recommend the treatment for people under age 70, but that’s not a hard and fast rule.

What You Need to Know About Stem Cell Transplant in Phoenix

  • An autologous stem cell transplant replaces the abnormal cancer cells in your bone marrow with healthy stem cells taken from your own body.
  • A stem cell transplant offers you a good chance at a long-term remission.
  • Doctors usually recommend the treatment for people under age 70, but that’s not a hard and fast rule.

Managing Multiple Myeloma Maintenance Therapy in Phoenix

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  • Maintenance therapy is designed to keep the disease in remission for as long as possible before a relapse occurs.
  • The main drug used is an immodulatory agent called lenalidomide (Revlimid).
  • Sometimes, more than one drug may be used during maintenance. This may be a combination of oral and subcutaneous drugs that are injected into the skin.

Managing Multiple Myeloma Maintenance Therapy in Phoenix

  • Maintenance therapy is designed to keep the disease in remission for as long as possible before a relapse occurs.
  • The main drug used is an immodulatory agent called lenalidomide (Revlimid).
  • Sometimes, more than one drug may be used during maintenance. This may be a combination of oral and subcutaneous drugs that are injected into the skin.

Managing a Multiple Myeloma Relapse in Phoenix

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Managing a Multiple Myeloma Relapse in Phoenix

  • Because multiple myeloma isn’t curable, most people will go through several rounds of remissions and relapses.
  • Doctors diagnose relapses using blood tests and imaging scans.
  • Relapse treatment is personalized based on your preferences, and how you did on your last treatment.
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