NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Multiple Myeloma - page 60

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
Multiple Myeloma, Version 1.2014
Cancer can be stressful. While
absorbing the fact that you have
cancer, you must also learn about tests
and treatments. And, the time you have
to decide on a treatment plan may
feel short. Parts 1 through 4 aimed to
teach you about multiple myeloma, its
treatment, and other challenges. Part
5 addresses issues related to deciding
on a treatment plan.
Benefits of a treatment plan
Learning you have cancer starts an unplanned
journey to an unknown place. A treatment plan is
like having a roadmap for your journey. It is a written
course of action through treatment and beyond. It can
help you, your loved ones, and your treatment team.
A treatment plan is useful for:
• Starting and guiding talks about treatment,
• Teaching what the treatment choices are,
• Informing everyone of the decisions made,
• Reminding everyone of the decisions made,
• Pinpointing who is in charge of each part of
care,
• Controlling stress,
• Knowing what to expect,
• Changing from one doctor to another,
• Improving contact among your doctors, and
• Providing care for all issues.
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Deciding on a
treatment plan
58 Benefits of a treatment plan
60 Parts of a treatment plan
62 Your role in planning
63 Getting a 2
nd
opinion
64 Websites | Review
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