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How do doctors choose the treatment for multiple myeloma?

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Your doctor will choose your treatment based on things like your:

  • Age
  • Health
  • Symptoms
  • Lab test results

From: Chemotherapy for Multiple Myeloma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy and other drugs for multiple myeloma,” “Stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma,” “Chemo Side Effects.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment” and Multiple Myeloma Drug Therapies,” “What to Expect: Targeted Therapies.”

Cancer Research UK: “Cyclophosphamide,” "Bendamustine (Levact).”

Macmillan Cancer Support: “Treatment to Control Myeloma.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for Multiple Myeloma,” “Consolidation therapy for multiple myeloma,” “Induction therapy for multiple myeloma.”

International Myeloma Foundation: “Understanding Dexamethasone and Other Steroids.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Chemotherapy, Immune-Modifying Drugs and Proteasome Inhibitors.”

National Cancer Institute: “Chemotherapy.”

CancerCare.org: “Treatment Update: Multiple Myeloma.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Multiple Myeloma: Beyond the Basics.”

Blood Journal : “Lenalidomide, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone (RVD) As Induction Therapy in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma (MM).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 07, 2018

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy and other drugs for multiple myeloma,” “Stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma,” “Chemo Side Effects.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment” and Multiple Myeloma Drug Therapies,” “What to Expect: Targeted Therapies.”

Cancer Research UK: “Cyclophosphamide,” "Bendamustine (Levact).”

Macmillan Cancer Support: “Treatment to Control Myeloma.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for Multiple Myeloma,” “Consolidation therapy for multiple myeloma,” “Induction therapy for multiple myeloma.”

International Myeloma Foundation: “Understanding Dexamethasone and Other Steroids.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Chemotherapy, Immune-Modifying Drugs and Proteasome Inhibitors.”

National Cancer Institute: “Chemotherapy.”

CancerCare.org: “Treatment Update: Multiple Myeloma.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Multiple Myeloma: Beyond the Basics.”

Blood Journal : “Lenalidomide, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone (RVD) As Induction Therapy in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma (MM).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 07, 2018

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