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Multiple Myeloma Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • When was your last set of lab tests? When was your last set of imaging studies?
  • Are you having bone pain, lack of energy, shortness of breath, or other symptoms?
  • How are you tolerating your multiple myeloma treatments? Are you having side effects, such as weakness, nausea, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, or muscle pain?
  • What kind of emotional and social support do you have to help you cope with multiple myeloma and your treatments?
  • Would you be willing to consider a clinical trial?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you experiencing fatigue, weakness, confusion, unintended weight loss, frequent infections, bone pain, nontraumatic bone fractures, or easy bruising or bleeding?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go? Have they changed at all over time?
  • Do you work or have you previously worked with chemicals, such as benzene, pesticides or herbicides? Rubber or wood product manufacturing?
  • Do you have monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) or any other plasma cell disease?
  • Do you have a family history of bone marrow diseases or any type of cancer, including multiple myeloma?
  • What side effects are you experiencing with your multiple myeloma medicines?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is your main concern with the diagnosis and treatment information you have received so far?
  • What stage is my multiple myeloma? Can you explain my pathology report?
  • Are my kidneys still functioning normally?
  • What do the results of cytogentic testing tell you about my multiple myeloma?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend for me? And why?
  • What are the possible side effects of the treatment you are recommending? Are any of them long-term or permanent?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have multiple myeloma?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose multiple myeloma? What tests do I need?
  • Why is it called multiple myeloma? What are plasma cells and how did they become cancerous?
  • What are the possible complications for multiple myeloma?
  • What strategies can help prevent or relieve the side effects I'm experiencing? Do I have other medication options?
  • Are my new symptoms related to my multiple myeloma or its treatment?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my multiple myeloma, including possible clinical trials?
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Last Review Date: 2020 Feb 6
  1. Multiple Myeloma. American Society of Clinical Oncology.
  2. Multiple Myeloma. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
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