Understanding Series

The IMF's Understanding series of booklets is designed to acquaint you with treatments and supportive care measures for multiple myeloma. These booklets are also available by mail order and communicate information in a format that is easy to read and understand.

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Understanding the Immune System in Myeloma
June 29, 2016
This booklet will help you understand immune system basics. The immune system is extremely complex. It is made up of multiple mechanisms that work together to protect and defend the human body from external threats such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins, and from internal threats such as cancer.
Understanding Treatment of Myeloma-Induced Vertebral Compression Fractures
August 18, 2016
As treatment for myeloma improves and patients live longer, it is important to reduce the disability that can result from the painful problem of vertebral compression fractures, which occur when the vertebra collapses or fractures because the bone is too weak to withstand the pressure or stress placed upon it.
Understanding VELCADE® (bortezomib) for Injection
February 10, 2017
Velcade® (bortezomib) is a proteasome inhibitor that plays a role throughout the myeloma disease course, from induction ther¬apy for the newly diagnosed, to a possible role as part of conditioning for stem cell transplant, to consolidation/maintenance therapy, to treatment for those whose myeloma has relapsed or become refrac¬tory.
Understanding Your Test Results
May 04, 2017
This booklet outlines the tests that are used to diagnose and monitor myeloma, and to detect response and relapse. No single study is adequate to tell the whole story about a patient’s status but, used together, test results give a more complete picture.