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A Team Approach
Our physicians, advanced practice providers (APPs) and nurses involved in treating multiple myeloma and related disorders meet regularly to discuss each patient’s diagnosis, plan, and clinical progress, and to make decisions. These decisions include whether or not to recommend stem cell transplantation or a change in a patient’s treatment. This means that patients treated at Cleveland Clinic receive the input of the entire team. We will take into consideration your goals and your desire for quality of life as well as length of life. You can be assured you will receive the most advanced, most patient-friendly treatment possible.
Since multiple myeloma may affect a number of organs, our program includes a multidisciplinary team of specialists who treat all aspects of the disease. These specialists are from the fields of:
- Medical Oncology
- Radiation Oncology
- Palliative Medicine
- Infectious Disease
- Social Work
- Physical Medicine
For patients living with multiple myeloma, there are many things to be considered such as age, the amount and location of the disease, and the individual’s goals for care. At Cleveland Clinic, the Cancer Center’s team of specialists explores all options and tailors the most appropriate plan for each patient with multiple myeloma – offering the greatest chance of achieving disease remission and living a long and healthy life.
What We Treat
- Light chain Deposition Disease (LCDD)
- Monoclonal Gammopathy (MGUS)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Smoldering Multiple Myeloma (SMM)
- POEMS Syndrome
- Primary Cryoglobulinemia
- Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia
Along with our team of providers, the Cleveland Clinic Multiple Myeloma Program is comprised of several other valuable team members who assist patients throughout their cancer treatment.
|Mary Ann Karam, RN, BSN
|Kristen Schlueter, RN
|Kathleen Stefunek, RN
|Heena Patel, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Heather Staley, RN
Josephine Sgobbo, RN
Lynette Prpic, RN, BSN,
Support & Services
In addition to offering state of the art diagnostic techniques and multiple myeloma treatment methods, our specialists also offer an array of resources that can help patients cope with the demands of cancer. Patients are encouraged to take advantage of these resources to ease the burden of managing cancer.
Multiple Myeloma Program Support/Education Group
A diagnosis of multiple myeloma elicits a profound emotional response in patients and family members. Many feelings arise, such as denial, depression, hopelessness, and fear. Questions about the disease and treatments contribute to the emotional distress. Our support program can provide answers to many of your questions and in turn can help you cope. The main objective is to educate patients and families; we believe that a better educated patient will have a better quality of life and be able to make informed decisions. At meetings, expert speakers discuss a variety of issues; exercise and physical therapy, managing fatigue, nutrition and much more. The group also aims to increase the community’s awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection.
For more information, please email Becky Habecker ([email protected]) and Rebecca Zeiter ([email protected])
Facilities Second to None
If you have multiple myeloma or amyloidosis and need a stem cell or Bone Marrow Transplant, there’s a chance you will need to spend a few days to a few weeks in the hospital. We make every effort to make our hospital feel like your home away from home, so the experience will be as comfortable as possible. Our two dedicated 22-bed units are designed to meet the unique clinical and emotional needs of stem cell or bone marrow transplant patients.
In addition to our bone marrow transplant service, we offer a dedicated lymphoid malignancy and myeloma inpatient unit at the main campus. This unit offers specialized treatment, staff dedication and expertise in the treatment of lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
Clinical Trials & Research
Many clinical trials of new treatments or combinations of treatments are available for patients with multiple myeloma. If your physician feels you might benefit from participating in a multiple myeloma clinical trial, the options will be discussed with you in detail.
For Medical Professionals
Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center is committed to working with you to provide the best care for your patients. Our team is also dedicated to the training and education of medical professionals to advance cancer care and research.
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