Each year, more than 400 people come to Memorial Sloan Kettering for treatment of multiple myeloma and related plasma cell diseases, making our multiple myeloma team one of the most experienced in the nation.
Explore our newly updated guide to multiple myeloma and other plasma cell disorders to learn about how we use state-of-the-art diagnostics and are developing new methods such as microarray analysis and DNA sequencing to better determine prognosis and optimal treatment strategies.
We combine these diagnostic tools with treatments such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy, as well as stem cell transplantation to ensure our patients receive the most-sophisticated care available.
Searching for Solutions
Simultaneously, our researchers are developing new agents for cancer treatment at a faster rate than at any time since chemotherapeutic drugs were introduced in the late 1940s. Relying in part on information that is emerging about the genetic basis of multiple myeloma, our investigators are pursuing a variety of strategies to find better drugs to control the disease through clinical trials and other means.
We also provide support for bone-related problems and our pain specialists are available around the clock to ensure that our patients are treated promptly and effectively.
Every patient receives personalized treatment from a multidisciplinary team of experts that includes specialists in hematologic oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, bone marrow transplantation, and more. The team works collaboratively to create a treatment plan focused on giving each patient the best chance of survival and highest possible quality of life.
A Dedicated Myeloma Service
In 2012, Memorial Sloan Kettering established a formal Myeloma Service consisting of 12 physicians who have a particular focus in treating multiple myeloma.
“The creation of a self-standing myeloma service at Memorial Sloan Kettering is proof of our dedication to the care of patients with these malignancies,” says interim Service Chief Sergio A. Giralt. “Ever since Joseph Michaeli developed our myeloma program into one of the nation’s largest in the 1990s, Memorial Sloan Kettering has been a leader in treating this disease, and we are privileged that we can bring his efforts to fruition.”