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We’re here for everyone affected by blood cancer: whether it’s leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or another blood disorder; whether you’re a patient, family, friend or carer; whether you’re worried about symptoms, in the middle of treatment or adjusting to life afterwards.

Treatment and side effects: myeloma

Myeloma is not usually considered a curable disease, but it is very treatable. The main aims of treatment are to considerably reduce the myeloma, and to bring you into remission for as long as possible with the best quality of life. 

You might not need treatment for myeloma at first – especially if you don’t have any symptoms. Your specialist will tell you when they think you might need to start treatment and discuss the options with you.

Active treatment for myeloma includes a combination of chemotherapy drugs, steroids and biological therapies, and possibly a stem cell transplant. You may also receive radiotherapy.

The treatment you decide on with your healthcare team will depend on your health, your individual condition and your wishes.

Newton McGrath's story In 2007, Newton McGrath was diagnosed with myeloma after he went to the doctor for a blood test as part of a company health check. Read more

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