With treatment, most people can return to near-normal activity. You and your doctor will discuss the best course of action to relieve your pain, reduce complications and slow the progress of the disease. This may include:
Surveillance: A watch-and-wait approach may be appropriate if your cancer is progressing slowly and you’re not experiencing any symptoms. Your doctor will regularly meet with you to check on your condition.
: These drugs interfere with cancer cells' ability to reproduce.
: This procedure directs high-energy rays to kill myeloma cells. Your doctor may use radiation to treat areas of your bones that have been damaged by the disease.
Bone marrow transplant/stem cell transplant:
This procedure helps rebuild your bone marrow after chemotherapy. It may be recommended after an extremely high dose of chemo, which can kill off your healthy stem cells (immature blood cells) as well as the cancer cells. There are two types of stem cell transplants: Allogenic (stem cells are transplanted from a donor) and autologous
(stem cells are taken from your body before chemo/radiation and returned afterward).