Refractory and Relapsed
Some patients still have myeloma cells in their bone marrow after treatment. This is called refractory myeloma. If you have refractory myeloma, you generally have two standard treatment options:
- drugs not used during your past treatment to induce remission
- an allogeneic stem cell transplantation to try to produce a longer remission
If your myeloma returns after a remission, you're having a relapse. You'll need more chemotherapy with the same or different drugs used earlier during treatment or an allogeneic stem cell transplantation if you're a candidate for one.