Multiple Myeloma

To learn more about multiple myeloma, you can access information from the National Cancer Institute below.

To view multiple myeloma booklets and/or download for use in your planner, please select from the options below.

ASCO Answers Fact Sheet
NCCN Guidelines for Patients Booklet
CancerCare Treatment Update Booklet

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma – Did You Know?

  • Multiple Myeloma may be asymptomatic, but the most common signs include bone pain (most often back, hips or skull), bone weakness, broken bones (fractures), low blood counts (shortage of white or red blood cells and blood platelets), high blood levels of calcium, nervous system symptoms (such as weakening of bones in spine which may cause sudden and severe back pain, numbness, numbness or muscle weakness in legs), kidney problems (which may cause weakness, shortness of breath, itchiness, or leg swelling), and/or persistent infections (such as pneumonia).1
  • Risk factors associated with multiple myeloma include age (where most people diagnosed are over 65 years old), race (higher incidence in Blacks), family history, being overweight or obese and having other plasma cell diseases.2
  • Connecting with other people that have multiple myeloma online, in person and/or via one-to-one matching can help you learn about your condition and provide you with support.

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We’ve curated additional multiple myeloma resources to help you access important information and support by the phase you’re interested in, whether it’s prevention, symptoms and tests, new diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials or long-term management. You can also be matched to programs that can help with issues you may be facing, whether it’s the cost of care, you’re feeling alone or another obstacle. Resources can also be filtered by the medium you prefer, whether it’s a book, website, hotline, podcast, online community, mobile app, among others!