NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia, Version 1.2017
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
This book is about
acroglobulinemia (WM), a type of non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma. This type of cancer is considered to be
a lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma. This book is for
people with WM and those who support them like
caregivers, family, and friends.
Where should you start
Starting with Part 1 may be helpful. It explains what
WM is and how this cancer is diagnosed. Part 2
lists which health tests and other care are needed
before starting treatment. Part 3 briefly describes
all the types of treatments so you can understand
your options that are listed in Part 4. Tips for making
treatment decisions are presented in Part 5.
Does the whole book apply
This book includes information for many situations.
Your treatment team can help. They can point out
what parts of the book apply to you. They can also
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.
The recommendations in this book are based on
science and the experience of NCCN experts.
However, these recommendations may not be right
for you. Your doctors may suggest other tests and
treatments based on your health and other factors.
If other suggestions are given, feel free to ask your
treatment team questions.
Help! What do the words
In this book, many medical words are included.
These are words you will likely hear from your
treatment team. Most of these words 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 information. Feel free to ask your
treatment team to explain a word or phrase that you
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or in the
. Acronyms are also defined
when first used and in the
. Acronyms are
short words formed from the first letters of several
words. One example is WM for