Multiple Myeloma Treatment Options

Treatment Options

Although there is no cure for multiple myeloma, it’s still important to treat it.

Many treatment options have been approved in recent years. People diagnosed today are now living longer than they would have if they were diagnosed 10 years ago.

If you are diagnosed with multiple myeloma, your primary physician will send you to get treated by an oncologist, a doctor who specializes in treating cancer, or a hematologist, a doctor specializing in treating blood disorders. Your oncologist or hematologist might talk with you about many different treatment options.

Targeted therapies

Treatments that focus on specific features that are present on cancer cells and attack them.


Treatments that work with a patient’s own immune system to find and fight cells, including cancer cells and healthy cells.
You can learn more about a type of immunotherapy here >


Steroids help relieve inflammation in the body. They also kill myeloma cells.

Stem cell transplant

A medical procedure that may be used as a treatment for multiple myeloma. It replaces unhealthy stem cells with healthy stem cells in the bone marrow.
You can learn more about stem cell transplants here >

Chemotherapy and other drugs

Treatment with drugs that are meant to destroy or control cancer cells. Chemotherapy may harm healthy surrounding cells.

Care for symptoms and side effects

Multiple myeloma can cause many symptoms and treatment can cause uncomfortable side effects. Your healthcare team may recommend different ways to help relieve these symptoms and side effects.


Resources to help you find a treatment center

Choosing the right healthcare team is a very important part of care. These resources may help you find a treatment center and team near you: > >

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Your healthcare team is your best source of information.