What should the patient education for multiple myeloma (MM) address?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Dhaval Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Patient education is very important in the management of MM. The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) offers educational resources, a quarterly newsletter, and conferences. Patients or physicians can contact the IMF by phone at (800) 452-CURE (800-452-2873) in the United States and Canada or on the Web at International Myeloma Foundation.

Patient education should address, at a minimum, the following questions:

  • What is MM, and how does it affect the body?
  • What are the causes of MM?
  • What is the treatment for MM?
  • What are the adverse effects of medicine? (As an example, patients should be informed of the risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw, which has been associated with bisphosphonate therapy in MM.)
  • What are some of the complications of MM?
  • Where can additional information be found?

For patient education information, see Blood and Lymphatic System Center, as well as Myeloma.


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