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Supportive Care

You may receive supportive care to prevent or treat myeloma symptoms and therapy side effects. It's used for conditions such as:

  • anemia
  • bone pain
  • bone damage and osteoporosis
  • high blood calcium levels
  • infections
  • plasmacytomas
  • cryoglobulinemia
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • thrombosis and embolism

Some patients may need only supportive care for their myeloma if it's in an early stage, such as smoldering myeloma or asymptomatic myeloma, causing few or no symptoms. In this case, you may receive supportive care to prevent or treat any symptoms, but you won't receive treatment for the myeloma itself during this period. Instead, your doctor closely monitors you. This approach is called watch and wait.

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last updated on Friday, March 11, 2011

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