Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Memorial Sloan Kettering provides expert care for men and women with multiple myeloma and related plasma cell diseases. Each year, more than 400 patients come to Memorial Sloan Kettering for treatment of these diseases, making our multiple myeloma team one of the most experienced in the nation. If you have multiple myeloma, we will work to give you the best chance of survival and help you achieve the highest quality of life possible.
Every patient receives personalized treatment from a multidisciplinary team of experts. The team includes specialists in hematologic oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, bone marrow transplantation, and pain management, all of whom focus on caring for people with multiple myeloma.
Our team will meet regularly to discuss your diagnosis and work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan tailored to your stage of disease. The involvement of specialists from many different disciplines ensures that all possible approaches will be considered and that you receive the best combination of treatments.
In addition, our nurses specialize in caring for people with multiple myeloma, maintaining a patient-centered focus and placing your needs and preferences first. They collaborate with your doctors as part of your disease management team and administer therapies, monitor your treatment, watch for side effects, and offer emotional support.
Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering also work as lead investigators of clinical trials studying new therapies and diagnostic methods for multiple myeloma. This means that in addition to receiving outstanding care, many of our patients have the opportunity to receive treatments and diagnostic approaches that are not widely available elsewhere.
Learn more about how we diagnose and treat multiple myeloma.
- Diagnosis & Staging
Our doctors perform comprehensive laboratory and imaging tests to determine whether you have multiple myeloma and, if so, whether it requires prompt treatment.
- Chemotherapy, Immune-Modifying Drugs & Proteasome Inhibitors
Our doctors use several classes of drugs to treat multiple myeloma, including chemotherapies, immune-modulating drugs (IMiDs), and proteasome inhibitors.
- Stem Cell Transplantation
In stem cell transplantation — also called bone marrow transplantation — a patient's blood-forming stem cells are replaced by infusing new, healthy cells into the bloodstream.
- Support for Bone-Related Problems
Our physicians use an array of treatments to slow bone loss and support weight-bearing bones as multiple myeloma progresses.
- Pain Management
Many patients with multiple myeloma experience some pain related to the disease, possibly from a bone fracture or of a tumor pressing against a nerve. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, our doctors and nurses make pain control a priority.
- Follow-Up Care
During and after your treatment for multiple myeloma, our doctors and nurses will monitor your health closely, watching for changes such as bone pain or frequent infections.