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Treatment for myeloma can sometimes produce side effects. For most patients, treatment side effects are temporary and go away once therapy ends. For other patients, side effects can be more severe, sometimes requiring hospitalization. Some patients never have side effects.

Before you undergo treatment, talk with your doctor team about potential side effects. Drugs and other therapies can prevent or manage many of them.

Drug Therapy and Chemotherapy Side Effects

Chemotherapy drugs are the main culprits when it comes to causing side effects. These drugs kill cancer cells, but they can damage normal cells, too. The lining of the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines are particularly vulnerable to damage.

The side effects you may experience depend on:

  • the intensity of chemotherapy
  • the drugs used during therapy
  • your overall health and whether you have any chronic health conditions like diabetes or kidney disease

If you would like to read about drugs individually, including information about side effects, click here .

For side effects information, please see the free LLS publication Understanding Side Effects of Drug Therapy  and the FDA drug information webpage.

Long-Term and Late Effects of Treatment

For some patients, side effects may last well after they finish treatment. To read more about lingering side effects, see Long-Term and Late Effects of Treatment in Adults Facts or Long-Term and Late Effects of Treatment in Children Facts.

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last updated on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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