At Your Appointment

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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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2020 Feb 6
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Multiple Myeloma. American Society of Clinical Oncology. https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/multiple-myeloma/introduction
  2. Multiple Myeloma. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-myeloma/symptoms-causes/syc-20353378