Most people with myeloma will have supportive treatments. These help to manage symptoms caused by the myeloma and any treatment complications.
Supportive treatments for myeloma
Most people with myeloma will have supportive treatments. These help to manage the damage caused by myeloma and the complications of the main treatments given.
Supportive treatments for myeloma can include:
- bisphosphonates – drugs to strengthen and protect the bones
- antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal medications – to reduce the chance of getting a severe infection
- analgesics – to reduce the pain caused by bone disease and peripheral neuropathy
- blood infusions – this can include red blood cells, platelets or immunoglobulins blood thinners – to reduce the chance of getting blood clots
- medication to reduce nerve pain that can be caused by peripheral neuropathy
- plasmapheresis – to remove myeloma proteins from the blood.
Other resources we recommend
Use the following links to find out more about this topic.
Supportive treatment for myeloma https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/myeloma/treatment/supportive-treatment/
Side effects of myeloma treatment https://www.leukaemia.org.au/blood-cancer-information/types-of-blood-cancer/myeloma/myeloma-treatment/side-effects-of-myeloma-treatment/
Supportive care treatments https://www.myeloma.org.uk/understanding-myeloma/treating-myeloma/supportive-care-treatments/
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