What is multiple myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a rare cancer that begins in a type of white blood cell called the plasma cell. When these cells become abnormal and grow rapidly, it turns into cancer. Plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and the outer layer of the bones. Multiple myeloma is not a bone cancer, but it is a cancer that affects bones.
Multiple myeloma treatment
The outlook for remission for your myeloma is better now than ever. New approaches to chemotherapies, a fuller understanding of drug interactions and a better grasp of how cancer works on a molecular level empower your cancer care team to help bring about remission.
Your treatment plan will be determined by your care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of multiple myeloma, and personal preferences. Multiple myeloma treatment options may include:
- Radiation therapy
- Bone marrow transplant
- Pain management
- Clinical trials (when appropriate)
Specialized centers for myeloma treatment
Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas
The Blood Cancer Research and Treatment Center at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas is one of few specialized centers nationally. The center combines the expertise of a multidisciplinary physician team on the medical staff to treat multiple myeloma in Dallas.
Baylor Scott & White Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center – Temple
Baylor Scott & White Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center – Temple, located in Temple, Texas, offers an integrated care team for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, including hematologist/oncologists, hepatopathologists and cytogeneticists on the medical staff in Central Texas.