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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia, Version 1.2017

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Cancer treatments

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Plasmapheresis is a process that removes IgM

from the blood.

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Chemotherapy, or chemo, is a main systemic

cancer treatment.

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Steroids are a type of drug that is often used to

relieve inflammation.

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Targeted therapies are drugs that can

sometimes directly kill cancer cells.

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Immunomodulators are drugs that modify

different parts of the immune system.

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A stem cell transplant replaces damaged or

destroyed stem cells with healthy stem cells,

which form new marrow and blood cells.

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Clinical trials help learn how to prevent,

diagnose, and treat a disease like cancer.