Understanding Your Multiple Myeloma Treatment Options
If you have multiple myeloma (MM) and your symptoms are really troubling you, treatment can help while slowing down the progress of the cancer. If you aren’t experiencing any of the symptoms quite yet, treatment might not be necessary, but like with any condition, it’s important to closely monitor your symptoms. Although there’s no cure for MM, patients can live a normal life with the right treatment plan. So, what are your treatment options once you’ve been diagnosed with MM? We’re glad you asked! Here are the six most common treatment options for MM patients.
1. Targeted therapy
Bortezomib (Velcade) and carfilzomib (Kyprolis) are used in targeted therapy, and they’re given through a vein in your arm. Here’s how they work: Myeloma cells contain a substance that breaks down your proteins, which is obviously not good. These drugs come to the rescue by blocking that substance, which causes the myeloma cells to die.
2. Biological therapy