Multiple Myeloma Treatment Plans
Treatment for multiple myeloma may involve one or more different procedures to destroy or control the development of cancerous plasma cells. A treatment plan for this disease should be developed by multiple cancer specialists and should take into account any other effects the condition may have had on the patient’s body. Multiple myeloma is characterized by the development of plasmacytomas, which are tumors made from plasma cells that can sometimes dissolve bone tissue, creating weakness in the bones and an overabundance of calcium in the blood, as well as inhibit the production of normal blood cells.
Multiple myeloma treatment options may include the following:
- Chemotherapy and other drugs to kill or control plasmacytomas and other cancer cells
- Biophosphonates to keep bones strong and slow the process of bone tissue destruction
- Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells and treat damaged bone that hasn’t responded to chemotherapy
- Surgery to prevent or treat fractures and spinal cord pinching
- Immunotherapy, or biologic therapy, to slow myeloma cell growth and increase the length of remission time
- Stem cell or bone marrow transplant immediately following high-dose chemotherapy, sometimes with radiation, to replace healthy cells destroyed along with cancer cells
Patients who have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma can visit Tampa General Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic for development of an individualized plan. Our cancer specialists, surgeons, and other medical professionals take a team approach to providing state-of-the-art treatment, offering care in a single, convenient location. For a physician referral, please use our PhysicianFinder tool or call (813) 844-2200.