Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that develops in the bone marrow, creating a buildup of abnormal plasma cells (myeloma cells) that bind together and form tumors. Cancerous cells can overcrowd the bone marrow and inhibit the production of healthy blood cells, including infection-fighting white blood cells and oxygen-carrying red blood cells. This can lead to bone pain, fatigue, unexplained fractures and other symptoms.
If you’ve been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the multispecialty team in the Malignant Hematology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, which is conveniently located on the Gulf Coast of FL, can help you learn more about your condition, explore your treatment options and achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life. We understand that you likely have a lot of questions and may be feeling a bit overwhelmed, and we’re here to help you navigate your treatment journey with confidence.
Traditionally, multiple myeloma has involved the use of high-dose chemotherapy to destroy the bone marrow and blood supply, followed by a blood and bone marrow transplant. However, the research team at Moffitt is continually evaluating the effectiveness of new options that can potentially have less of an impact on the body, and we’ve made significant progress to date.
In addition to chemotherapy and blood and bone marrow transplants, other treatment options for multiple myeloma include:
- Targeted therapies
- Biological therapies
- Radiation therapy
At Moffitt, you can also benefit from one of the most active research programs in the nation right here on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Through our robust portfolio of clinical trials, we offer a number of promising new treatment options that are not yet available elsewhere. In recognition of our significant contributions in advancing multiple myeloma treatment, Moffitt has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
If you’re considering Moffitt for your multiple myeloma treatment but have concerns about being away from home, you should know that our supportive care specialists can help. For instance, we can provide information about several local hotels, which offer comfortable accommodations that meet our rigorous standards and are available to our patients at reduced rates.
For more information about multiple myeloma, call Moffitt Cancer Center at 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online to request an appointment at our campus on the Gulf Coast of FL. We do not require referrals.