NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Multiple Myeloma
How to use this booklet
Who should read this booklet?
In the past ten years, the treatment for multiple myeloma
has greatly improved. This booklet includes the newest
cancer care recommended by experts. Patients,
caregivers, family, and friends dealing with multiple
myeloma may find this booklet helpful.
Where should I start reading?
Reading the booklet in order from the beginning to the
end may be the most helpful if you don’t know much
about multiple myeloma. The first parts of the booklet
provide basic information that will make it easier
to understand the latter parts. As you read through
this booklet, you may find it helpful to create a list of
questions to ask your doctor.
Does the whole booklet apply to me?
There is important information in this booklet for many
situations. Thus, not everyone will get every test and
treatment listed in this booklet. The treatment guide in
Part 5 covers what the NCCN doctors feel is the most
useful based on science and their experience. However,
the suggestions in Part 5 may not be right for you.
Your doctor may suggest other tests or treatments
based on your medical history and other factors.
This booklet does not replace the knowledge and
suggestions of your doctors.
What pages should I read?
To help you use this booklet, each topic is described
at the start of Parts 1 – 7. Page numbers are listed so
you can flip right to the topic of interest. Your treatment
team can also point out the parts that apply to you and
give you more information. Reading this booklet at home
may help you absorb what your doctors have said and
prepare for treatment.
Help! I don’t know these words!
In this booklet, many medical words are included that
describe cancer, tests, and treatments. These are words
that you will likely hear your treatment team use in the
months and years ahead. Most of the information may
be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn. Don’t be
discouraged as you read. Keep reading and review the
Words that you may not know are defined in the text
or the sidebar. Words with sidebar definitions are
underlined when first used on a page. All definitions are
listed in the
in Part 8.