NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Multiple Myeloma - page 6

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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Multiple Myeloma, Version 1.2014
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About multiple myeloma
Genetic counseling | Treatment
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
In the past 10 years, the treatment for multiple
myeloma has greatly improved. This book
includes the newest cancer care recommended
by experts. Patients and those who support
them—caregivers, family, and friends—may find
this book helpful. The information in this book
may help you talk with your treatment team,
understand what doctors say, and prepare for
treatment.
Does the whole book
apply to me?
This book includes important information for
many situations. Thus, not everyone will get
every test and treatment listed. Your treatment
team can point out what applies to you and give
you more information. As you read through this
book, you may find it helpful to make a list of
questions to ask your doctors.
This book includes the recommendations that
NCCN experts agree are most useful for most
patients. However, each patient is unique and
these specific recommendations may not be
right for you. Your doctors may suggest other
tests or treatments based on your health and
other factors. This book does not replace the
knowledge and suggestions of your doctors.
Making sense of medical
terms
In this book, many medical words are included
that describe cancer, tests, and treatments.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Some of this information
may be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Keep reading and review the information. Be
sure to ask your treatment team to explain a
word or phrase that you don’t understand.
Words and acronyms that you may not know are
defined in the text or underlined when first used
on a page. All underlined words are defined
in the
Glossary
. Acronyms are also listed and
defined in the
Glossary
. Acronyms are words
formed from the first letters of other words. One
example is CBC for
c
omplete
b
lood
c
ount.
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