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Chemotherapy and Drug Therapy

Drug therapy to kill myeloma cells is the mainstay of treatment for myeloma. Drug therapy can cause side effects, especially when chemotherapy is involved. Potent chemotherapy drugs must be toxic enough to kill cancerous cells. At the same time, they take aim at normal cells and cause side effects. Yet, not everyone experiences side effects and people react differently.

If you're experiencing myeloma symptoms, your doctor will first decide whether you could be a candidate for&n ...

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Are Clinical Trials Safe?

Clinical trials are designed to give patients the safest, potentially most effective clinical therapies. Clinical trials are conducted once researchers have shown in the laboratory and in animal research that a particular study treatment has a good chance of offering better outcomes for people with a specific disease.

Patients enrolled in cancer clinical trials are never treated as “guinea pigs.” In fact, patients are given either

The best treatment currently available, or ...

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What the Patient May Be Feeling

You will likely find your loved one experiencing a wide range of emotions that can include sadness, guilt, fear, anxiety, loneliness, grief, withdrawal and disengagement. He or she can be stubborn and resistant, though oftentimes patients do this to maintain a sense of control. Some people welcome death, some fade slowly and some fight death intensely till the very end. We are all individuals, and it's important to remember that your family member will die ...

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Rebecca

After a few nights of waking up with flu like aches, and being more tired then what felt right, I took a 9 month old blood requisition to the clinic for some baseline tests. That was Friday 22, 2016. By Monday my family doctor was telling me that they suspect Leukemia, Tuesday the Hematology team at the QE2 had a bone biopsy and a bone marrow sample. On Thursday my doctor confirmed it was Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and was highly recommending I check into the hospital that day. So I bega ...

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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy or irradiation, can be used to treat leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes. The type of radiation used for radiotherapy (ionizing radiation) is the same that’s used for diagnostic x-rays. Radiotherapy, however, is given in higher doses.

Radiotherapy works by damaging the genetic material (DNA) within cells, which prevents them from growing and reproducing. Although the radiotherapy is directed at cancer cells, it can also ...

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