Multiple myeloma is incurable. But certain treatments can provide temporary relief, reduce complications, and limit the disease’s growth.
If you need treatment, typical options are:
Targeted therapy will block protein-destroying chemicals in myeloma cells and kill them.
These medications will help the body’s immune system to kill myeloma cells.
Chemotherapy will kill rapidly growing myeloma cells.
- Radiation therapy
- Intense beams of energy will attack myeloma cells and limit their growth.
- Radiation therapy will be administered only in selective cases of spinal cord compression or plasmacytoma.
- Stem cell transplants
- In a stem cell transplant, damaged bone marrow is replaced with healthy bone marrow from a donor.
- Used in cases of prolonged disease for survival, can be done in selective patients.