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Staging of Multiple Myeloma

If a multiple myeloma diagnosis is made, the doctor will need to determine the stage, or extent, of the disease in order to plan the best treatment. Staging is an attempt to find out the size of the tumor, whether the disease has spread, and if so, to what parts of the body.
 
Specific stages of multiple myeloma include:
 
  • Stage I
  • Stage II
  • Stage III.
 
The multiple myeloma stage also takes into account whether the cancer is causing problems with the patient's bones or kidneys.

(Click Multiple Myeloma Stage for more information.)
 

Treatment

Multiple myeloma treatment options vary based on:
 
 
In general, treatment can include:
 
 
Patients with multiple myeloma who do not have symptoms may not need treatment. However, doctors will need to monitor their patient's health closely so that treatment can begin when symptoms appear. Patients should work with their healthcare providers to develop a treatment plan that meets their medical needs and personal values. Choosing the most appropriate treatment is a decision that ideally involves the patient, the family, and the healthcare team.

(Click Multiple Myeloma Treatment for more information about the different treatment options for multiple myeloma.)
 
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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