A multiple myeloma recurrence can develop after a patient has completed their initial cancer treatment plan and gone through a period of remission, even many years later. Recurrence may appear in the same area as the initial cancer, or it may have traveled to other parts of the body (known as metastasis). Although experts have yet to determine what factors lead to this type of plasma cell cancer recurrence, there are certain precautionary measures that a patient can take to decrease the likelihood of recurrence.
Upon completion of the initial cancer treatment, a physician will typically recommend regular examinations to monitor multiple myeloma recurrence. During these exams, patients may undergo tests such as:
- Physical examinations
- CT scans
- Bone scans
- Blood tests
- Bone marrow biopsies
Moffitt Cancer Center offers a variety of services for patients with multiple myeloma recurrence. Our experts are able to evaluate and diagnose patients with multiple myeloma, and we provide individualized treatment plans through weekly tumor board meetings within our Malignant Hematology Program. These treatment options may include any combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and various supportive care services, depending on the patient’s symptoms, medical condition and overall health.
We understand that the possibility of recurrence is scary for multiple myeloma patients whose cancer is in remission. That’s why we offer our patients ongoing support. At Moffitt, patients can meet with social workers, attend support group sessions and benefit from our many stress-relieving support services, such as tai chi, yoga, acupuncture and massage therapy.
For more information on multiple myeloma recurrence, or to learn more about the many services offered at Moffitt Cancer Center, schedule an appointment by calling 1-888-663-3488 or by completing our patient registration form. No referral is necessary to consult with our oncologists specializing in multiple myeloma.