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Treatment for myeloma

There are many different types of treatment for myeloma. Your treatment will depend on you and your cancer.


Treatment of myeloma will be dependent on your type of myeloma, current health and medical history as well as your treatment preference.

Treatments are typically based on the classification of myeloma:

  • Solitary plasmacytoma – is where only one myeloma lesion is found, and it can often be treated with radiotherapy alone.1
  • Smouldering (or asymptomatic) myeloma – is an early form of myeloma and depending on how cancerous the plasma cells are, determines when treatment (such as chemotherapy) will start or whether it can be watched closely without treatment. 2
  • Active (or symptomatic) myeloma – people with this stage of myeloma are usually given a combination of treatments with options including: chemotherapy, immunotherapy, stem cell transplant and radiation therapy. 2,3

Myeloma research at Icon

Our research centre at Icon offers Australia the largest private clinical trials program in cancer research. Clinical trials specific to myeloma research can be found here.

Icon’s collaborative approach to clinical trial research not only enables continual advancement and breakthroughs in myeloma research, but also enables the most up to date treatment options are available to all patients regardless of health insurance.

References

For a full list of references, click here.
  1. Leukaemia Foundation. (2018) Myeloma – A guide for patients and families. Retrieved on 11th April 2019 from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiple-myeloma/treating/by-stage.html
  2. American Cancer Society. (2018). Treatment options for multiple myeloma, by stage. Retrieved on 11th April 2019 from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiple-myeloma/treating/by-stage.html
  3. Myeloma UK. (n.d). Smouldering Myeloma. Retrieved on 11th April 2019 from https://www.myeloma.org.uk/understanding-myeloma/related-conditions/smouldering-myeloma/

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