Multiple myeloma is a treatable cancer. Significant improvements have been made over the past 15 years which have resulted in improved survival rates and there are additional encouraging treatment options under development.
There is no "one size fits all" treatment option. Your individual situation will determine the treatment plan your doctor recommends.
Some of the factors that may influence your treatment selection include age/general health, results of lab and genetic tests, current symptoms/disease complications, any prior myeloma treatments and your personal preferences related to your lifestyle, goals and views on quality of life. In addition, whether you are a candidate for a stem cell transplant may influence your treatment plan.
Multiple myeloma medications currently fall into several primary categories and they are often used in combination to create a more powerful effect.
Click here for more information on the medication types and names.
Stem cell transplants are also a treatment option for some patients. A complete overview provided by the International Myeloma Foundation can be found by clicking here.