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Mission & Goals

  • To provide the latest information regarding multiple myeloma and it’s treatment to help improve patient outcomes.
  • To serve as a resource for medical directors to use to manage a population of patients with multiple myeloma.

Informational Websites

There are many websites that offer information and aid to anyone interested in learning about multiple myeloma. The list below contains links to several websites, which contain valuable information and resources. If you're interested in checking out other informational websites, click on the following links.

National Cancer Institute.

International Myeloma Foundation

American Society of Hematology

Welcome To The Multiple Myeloma Resource Center

Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer in the United States and constitutes approximately 1 percent of all cancers.1 In 2010, there were over 20,000 new cases and 10,000 deaths from multiple myeloma the United States.2

Men have a higher incidence of myeloma than women. In addition, myeloma is more common among the elderly, and African Americans have higher incidence and mortality rates than whites. Over the past two decades, the overall incidence and mortality rates of myeloma have remained fairly stable.1

This site has been created for medical directors to serve as an up-to-date resource center. It provides the latest information regarding multiple myeloma and the various techniques in use and being developed to help improve patient outcomes.

What is Multiple Myeloma?

Multiple myeloma is a systemic malignancy of plasma cells that typically involves multiple sites within the bone marrow and secretes all or part of a monoclonal antibody.

There are several types of plasma cell neoplasms. These diseases are all associated with a monoclonal (or myeloma) protein (M protein). They include monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), isolated plasmacytoma of the bone, extramedullary plasmacytoma, and multiple myeloma.3 The primary focus of this resource center is multiple myeloma.

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Types of Treatment

Treatment of multiple myeloma may include chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immune modulators, and stem cell transplant. The consequences of the disease also require supportive treatments such as bisphosphonates for bone disease. For more information on these treatment types, click on one of the links below.

Induction Therapy

Consolidation Therapy

Maintenance Therapy

Supportive Therapy

References

1. National Cancer Institute. A snapshot of myeloma. Sept 2010. Available at www.cancer.gov/aboutnci/servingpeople/snapshots/myeloma.pdf.

2. American Cancer Society.: Cancer Facts and Figures 2010. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society, 2010. Also available online.

3. National Cancer Institute. Multiple Myeloma/Other Plasma Cell Neoplasms. Available at www.cancer.gov.

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