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Multiple Myeloma Treatment: Remembering Questions and Answers

Many people with multiple myeloma want to take an active part in making decisions about their medical care and their treatment. However, the shock and stress that often accompany a multiple myeloma diagnosis can make it hard to think of everything to ask the doctor. Some people find that it is helpful to make a list of questions before an appointment with their doctor.
 
(Click Multiple Myeloma Questions for a list of things to ask your doctor before beginning treatment for multiple myeloma.)
 

Healthcare Providers Who Treat Multiple Myeloma

Usually several healthcare providers are involved in treating multiple myeloma. The doctor may refer patients to doctors who specialize in treating the disease, or patients may ask for a referral. Specialists who treat this condition include:
 
  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Hematologists.
 

Getting a Second Opinion

Sometimes it is helpful to have a second opinion about the diagnosis and multiple myeloma treatment plan. While some insurance companies require a second opinion, others may cover a second opinion if the patient or doctor requests it.
 

Side Effects of Treatment

Treatment for multiple myeloma may damage healthy cells and tissues, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Specific side effects will depend on many factors, including the type and extent of the treatment. Side effects may not be the same for each person, and they may even change from one session to the next. Healthcare providers should explain the possible side effects and suggest ways to manage them before this process begins.
 
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