NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Multiple Myeloma, Version 1.2014
Treatments for myeloma
Questions to ask your doctor
stem cell transplants
to ask your doctor
1. Am I considered a candidate for high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplant?
2. If two autologous transplants are considered, what is the optimal timing? For example, should the
second one be planned in advance or deferred until a relapse?
3. Am I a candidate for an allogeneic stem cell transplant? If so, how should my family members be
tested to see if their bone marrow matches mine?
4. Should the allogeneic transplant be the first transplant, or should this transplant only be done if the
cancer worsens after a prior autologous transplant?
5. What are the risks of each of these strategies, both short-term and long-term?
6. How long does each strategy control the myeloma, and what are the chances of long-term control
or even cure?
7. If I can’t have a stem cell transplant, what are the other options?