Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis
You are not alone. The IMF is here to help you from diagnosis to long-term survival. In this section, you will learn more about the first steps you can take if you have a new multiple myeloma diagnosis.
How Long Can a Person Live with Multiple Myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a highly treatable disease. Many patients live long and productive lives after diagnosis. Both survival and quality of life for myeloma patients are improving steadily.
Knowledge Is Power
We encourage you to learn as much as possible about myeloma and to seek out the best care possible. Start by understanding the disease, then proceed to learn about tests, treatments, supportive care, and survivorship.
Knowledge is power. Developing a working knowledge of myeloma and how it is monitored and treated can help you reduce anxiety, gain a sense of control, and make communication with your healthcare team much more effective.
Multiple Myeloma Care Team
Your healthcare team will typically include most of these members:
- a hematologist-oncologist (a specialist that treats cancers of the blood), preferably a myeloma specialist, if possible.
- a primary care physician or family doctor
- a nurse or nurse practitioner
- an orthopedic surgeon (bone specialist)
- a pharmacist
- a nephrologist (kidney specialist)
- a dentist or oral surgeon
The best outcome for the patient happens when the members of the healthcare team communicate with each other and with the patient or designated caregiver.
The International Myeloma Foundation medical and editorial content team
Comprised of leading medical researchers, hematologist, oncologists, oncology-certified nurses, medical editors, and medical journalists, our team has extensive knowledge of the multiple myeloma treatment and care landscape. Additionally, Dr. Brian G.M. Durie reviews and approves all medical content on this website.
Last Medical Review: August 1, 2019