Three Factors That Determine Myeloma Treatment Decisions

Three Factors That Determine Myeloma Treatment Decisions

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What are the key factors under consideration to determine a multiple myeloma treatment approach? In “Key Factors That Guide Myeloma Treatment Decisions” program, expert Dr. Joshua Richter from Multiple Myeloma at the Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai explains how to determine optimal approaches.

 1. Disease-Related Factors

The growth rate of myeloma – whether fast-growing or slow-growing – is a key factor in treatment decisions. Treatment in pill form may be an option for slow-growing myeloma, while intravenous or other treatment methods may be necessary to treat fast-growing myeloma. 

2. Treatment-Related Factors

A myeloma specialist will also take treatment-related factors into account. Some of these considerations will include issues like whether a patient stopped responding – or was refractory – to another treatment. Or if a patient experienced treatment side effects that couldn’t be lessened enough through adjusting dosage or by other means, that should be considered as well.

3. Patient-Related Factors

Myeloma treatment options must also take other patient health concerns into account. Considerations like physical fitness, kidney health, heart health, and medical problems like high blood pressure and diabetes must be considered. In addition, the patient’s myeloma symptoms must be weighed in the analysis for treatment decisions.

Myeloma specialists have some key factors to consider in narrowing down an optimal treatment approach. If you’d like to learn more about multiple myeloma, check out our multiple myeloma information.