At Moffitt Cancer Center, multiple myeloma treatment plans vary from patient to patient depending on each individual’s diagnosis, symptoms, medical history and overall health. Our Malignant Hematology Program is composed of experienced physicians from many disciplines, such as medical oncology, radiation oncology and hematopathology, and they each specialize in multiple myeloma evaluation and treatment. Together, these specialists meet in a weekly tumor board to create an individualized treatment plan for every patient.
Each multiple myeloma treatment plan may include one or more recommended treatments, such as:
- Chemotherapy – Specialized drugs are administered by a medical oncologist to prevent cancer cells from continuing to grow and divide. This medical oncologist may work in conjunction with a hematologist, or someone who specializes in treating blood disorders.
- Radiation therapy – High-energy X-rays are administered by a radiation therapist to target and destroy cancer cells.
- Bone marrow transplants – Our multiple myeloma program works closely with Moffitt’s Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Program to ensure each patient receives the best therapeutic options.
- Clinical trials – Moffitt has been named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute due to our dedication to developing new and effective clinical trials, so patients often have access to some of the most innovative treatment options available, such as novel biologic therapies.
Unlike many other types of cancer, multiple myeloma treatment typically doesn’t involve surgery, unless it has been recommended as part of a supportive care plan to alleviate the pain associated with a solitary plasmacytoma, which is a small tumor that forms when abnormal plasma cells build up within the bone or surrounding soft tissue. Furthermore, supportive care plans may include a variety of different options to help reduce any symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment. Specialists are also available to assist patients and their families with the many emotional, physical and psychological aspects of cancer care.
Contact Moffitt Cancer Center by calling 1-888-663-3488 or completing our patient registration form. You do not need a referral to consult with our specialists regarding your multiple myeloma treatment.