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Helpful Information for Newly Diagnosed Patients

posted Jan 6, 2011, 8:51 PM by David W.   [ updated Jan 9, 2011, 8:25 PM ]
excerpt from Multiple Myeloma Blog: Tips To Raise Your Multiple Myeloma IQ

One of the first things your oncologist should do is order several myeloma specific blood tests to check if you have something called a chromosome 13 deletion.

excerpt from Multiple Myeloma Blog: More Ways To Raise Your Multiple Myeloma IQ

On one end of the treatment spectrum you have the Mayo Clinic. Experts there tend to be conservative, working to manage multiple myeloma as a chronic disease.

On the other extreme is the Myeloma Institute in Arkansas. Physicians at UAMS feel myeloma can be cured—especially low risk patients without genetic abnormalities. In order to accomplish this, experts at UAMS employ a treatment strategy called Total Therapy. This intense treatment regimen requires a pair of stem cell transplants, sandwiched by lots of chemotherapy combinations for many years. Here is a link to the UAMS Website.

I mention this because in order for Total Therapy to have a chance to work, newly diagnosed patients cannot have started any anti-myeloma therapy prior to starting TT.