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The Role of Nutrition

It is important to eat well during and after multiple myeloma treatment. Eating right may help patients feel better and have more energy. However, eating well can be hard, especially during or soon after treatment, when patients may be uncomfortable or tired. Side effects of treatment include:
 
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea.
 
In addition, food may taste differently than it used to before treatment. A registered dietitian can suggest ways to deal with these problems.
 

Multiple Myeloma Treatment: Clinical Trials

Before treating multiple myeloma, patients may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial. A treatment clinical trial is a multiple myeloma research study that is meant to improve current treatments or obtain information on new options for patients with the disease. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard one, the new option may become standard.
 

Follow-up Care After Treating Multiple Myeloma

Follow-up care after treatment for multiple myeloma is important. Even when there are no longer any signs of cancer, the disease can return if there are undetected cancer cells remaining somewhere in the body. During follow-up, doctors will monitor your recovery and check for recurrence of the cancer. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed. Checkups may include:
 
  • A physical exam
  • Lab tests
  • Bone marrow aspiration
  • X-rays.
 
Between scheduled visits, patients should contact their doctor if they experience any health problems.
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