Below is a list of topics in this book, available at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center at the University of Kentucky.
Part 1: The Basics
1. What is myeloma?
2. What is monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)?
3. What is solitary plasmacytoma?
Part 2: Diagnosis and Staging
1. How is myeloma diagnosed?
2. What is Serum Protein Electrophoresis (SPEP)?
3. What is Serum Protein Immunofixation (SIP)?
Part 3: Treatment Options
1. Should all cases of myeloma receive treatment?
2. What options are available for the treatment of myeloma?
3. What is the usual sequence of treatments of myeloma?
Part 4: Side Effects and Complications of Treatment
1. What are the main side effects of chemotherapy?
2. What precautions are necessary if my White Blood Cell (WBC) count is low because of chemotherapy?
3. My platelet count is low because of chemotherapy. What does that mean?
Part 5: Stem Cell Transplantation
1. What is a stem cell, and how can it help in treatment of my myeloma?
2. Why are autologous stem cell transplants performed for myeloma?
3. What is the difference between a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant?
Part 6: If Treatment Fails
1. How do I decide if active treatment is no longer worthwhile?
2. What is comfort care?
3. If I stop active anticancer therapy, what other options are available?
Part 7: Advocacy and Support
1. Does myeloma run in families? Are my relatives at risk?
2. Should I receive immunoglobulin therapy?
3. Should I receive a flu shot?
Appendix: Myeloma information and resources