Multiple Myeloma

And Related Blood Diseases

Duke's myeloma specialists use the latest medical advances to detect and treat myeloma at the earliest possible stage. Our advanced training and experience in the latest therapies, and our ongoing myeloma research, ensures you receive the best possible care for this blood cancer and related blood diseases. While myeloma cannot be cured, we develop a personalized treatment plan designed to control your myeloma, minimize painful symptoms, and maximize your quality of life.

Thomas Goode has undergone a stem cell transplant, radiation and chemotherapy since being diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

Leaders in Myeloma Diagnosis and Treatment

Multiple myeloma is a form of blood cancer that usually starts in and spread throughout the bone marrow. Left untreated, it can weaken your immune system and increase your risk for infection. Myeloma can lead to anemia and kidney damage, and cause bone pain and fractures. 

As myeloma specialists, we are skilled in identifying and treating the complex distinctions between myeloma and related diseases. When myeloma cells develop into a single collection of cells, typically in the bone, it is called a solitary plasmacytoma. Multiple myeloma refers to the presence of several myeloma tumors. MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy of uncertain significance) and smoldering myeloma cause no symptoms, but refer to the development of abnormal cells that can eventually lead to multiple myeloma or related cancers. We also treat rare diseases related to myeloma, including POEMS syndrome, amyloidosis, and light or heavy chain deposition disease, and Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, a form of lymphoma. Our advanced training and knowledge ensures you receive the best care for your specific condition. 

As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we offer a level of expertise that can only be found in the top four percent of cancer centers across the country with this designation.  We treat 1,000 people with blood cancer each year, more than any other facility in North Carolina, and we have a team dedicated to working with people who have multiple myeloma. As a result, we are acutely aware of your needs. Following a comprehensive evaluation and exam, we design a personalized treatment plan that is right for you. For example, if you are experiencing smoldering myeloma or MGUS, which typically do not produce symptoms, we may recommend active surveillance of your myeloma. Young, healthy people with symptoms may tolerate more intensive therapies, while older or frail people may benefit from gentler treatment options. We routinely see people who travel to Duke for consultations, and work with physicians near your home to ensure you receive the optimal care for your stage and type of myeloma. 

Choose Duke for your multiple myeloma treatment because we offer:

  • Top ranked care. We are among the top cancer programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. We are also part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving patient care.
  • Team approach. Because myeloma can affect your blood, your bones, your kidneys, and other organs, you benefit from the close relationships our hematology/oncology specialists have with orthopaedic surgeons, kidney specialists, and other physicians throughout Duke who have extensive experience with myeloma. We discuss your care, collect opinions, and offer coordinated treatment recommendations and follow up.
  • Pioneering myeloma therapies. Our researchers bring new discoveries to the clinic every day. We develop and provide more new treatment options than most other cancer centers. We offer a wide range of clinical trials that may give you access to new drugs and new approaches not offered at other hospitals. For example, we offer clinical trials in bone marrow transplants and promising new drugs that are not yet available outside of a clinical trial. We also offer supportive care interventions such as exercise and stress management techniques, and senior adult assessments. Many of these approaches were pioneered at Duke and now offer new hope to people with myeloma. 
  • Comforting environment. Our new Duke Cancer Center features spacious waiting areas, a Quiet Room, large infusion rooms, and a rooftop garden area where people may be able to receive their chemotherapy outdoors.
  • Personalized care and support for you and your family. Our comprehensive support services are here for you throughout your treatment journey. We help minimize the side effects of treatment, and offer support to help you cope with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment. You may also utilize our services focusing on nutrition, guided imagery, anxiety control, and meditation. Our cancer survivorship clinic pulls together a range of resources specially designed to help you after your treatment ends. View all of our cancer support groups in our event calendar.  



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