NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Multiple Myeloma - page 65

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Multiple Myeloma
Version 1.2012
7.2 Parts of a treatment plan
Stress and symptom control
Cancer and its treatment can cause bothersome symptoms. You may also have
symptoms from the stress of having cancer. Such symptoms include pain, sleep
loss, and anxiety. Helping you to be comfortable and stay active are key goals
of the treatment plan. There are ways to treat many symptoms, so tell your
treatment team about any symptoms you have.
Having cancer may cause you to feel helpless, fearful, alone, or overwhelmed.
There are ways to manage this stress. At your cancer center, cancer navigators,
social workers, and other experts can help. There may also be helpful
community resources, such as support groups and wellness centers.
Financial stress is common. You may be unemployed or miss work during
treatment. You may have too little or no health insurance. Talk with your
treatment team about work, insurance, or money problems. They will include
information in the treatment plan to help you control your finances.
Survivorship care
Cancer survivorship begins on the day you learn of having myeloma. For many
survivors, the end of active treatment signals a time of celebration but also of
great anxiety. This is a very normal response. You may need support to address
issues that arise from not having regular visits with your treatment team. In
addition, your treatment plan should include a schedule of follow-up cancer
tests, treatment of long-term side effects, and care of your general health.
A mineral in bones
Waste from
muscles filtered out of blood
by the kidneys
Instructions in cells
for making new cells
Local Therapy:
that affects cells in one
specific area of the body
An abnormal
antibody made by myeloma
cells that doesn’t fight germs
Plasma cell:
A white blood
cell that makes germ-
fighting proteins
Systemic Therapy:
used to treat cancer cells
throughout the body.
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