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What to Expect

There's no cure for multiple myeloma. Most people live for years after getting the diagnosis, but need ongoing treatment to slow the disease's progress. You may have a remission, but the disease often comes back.

Treatments to fight it may stop working. If that happens, you may want to focus on making sure you're as comfortable as possible, known as palliative care. You may not be able to control your cancer, but you can control choices about how you'll live your life.

A serious illness is hard to face. It's natural that you'll have questions, concerns, and frustrations. Find the support you need. Others with multiple myeloma may be able to guide you.

Research is underway to get earlier diagnosis and better treatments so people can live longer, fuller lives.

Getting Support

To learn more about multiple myeloma, and to find support for you and your family, visit the web site of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on August 12, 2014
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