Multidisciplinary Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias Clinic
The Multidisciplinary Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias Clinic, located at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, follows a team approach to care. Your first patient visit is with a doctor and nurse who focus exclusively on multiple myeloma care. Contact us: 734-647-8902
Confirming the diagnosis of multiple myeloma or another plasma disorder is part of your first visit. The specialists also will discuss your case with our medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, molecular pathologist, registered nurses, nutritionists and social workers, usually on the same day. By involving all our experts, a personalized treatment plan is developed.
We hold a weekly multidisciplinary multiple myeloma tumor board to discuss new patients. A molecular pathologist participates in the tumor board to provide clinical molecular profiling that assist in determining treatments choices and selection of appropriate clinical trials with novel agents. This is particularly helpful for patients establishing care, and also for difficult consultations where referral physicians need an expert second opinion.
We work closely with the University of Michigan Bone Marrow Transplant Program to provide access to stem cell transplants for those multiple myeloma patients who may benefit from the procedure.
Advanced, Personalized Treatment for Multiple Myeloma
There are many treatment options for multiple myeloma, and the list of choices can be confusing. At the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center's Multidisciplinary Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias Program we have a dedicated tumor board that meets weekly and includes experts in medical oncology, radiation, radiation therapy, pathology, molecular pathology, nursing, nutrition and social work. This group then prepares a personalized treatment plan for each patient. Treatments offered at the University of Michigan for multiple myeloma include:
- Targeted therapy
- Biological therapy
- Stem cell transplant
- Supportive therapy: Treatments to make the patient’s blood healthier to fight infections or treat anemia; bone pain or loss; and kidney complications.
Managing Symptoms and Side Effects of Multiple Myeloma
Each patient in our clinic is unique and has individual needs associated with cancer care. We offer support for the symptoms or discomforts associated with the disease, help with managing emotions or coping, and other services that help our patients maintain an acceptable quality of life and the ability to continue their familiar daily activities. In fact, we work closely with the Symptom Management and Support Care Program to make sure that our patients maintain independence and increase comfort by managing the symptoms of cancer and side effects of its treatment.
The Symptom Management and Supportive Care Program works in concert with the myeloma team to develop plans of action that address our patients’ needs for medication management for:
- Symptom control
- Cancer nutrition
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Oral anti-cancer therapy management
Helpful ResourcesThis can be an anxious time. The following links are to programs which may be able to help:
- Fertility Counseling
- Financial Services
- Guest Assistance Program
- Michigan Surgical & Health Optimization Program (MSHOP)
- Insurance / List of Participating Insurance Plans
- Patient Billing
- Patient Navigators
- PsychOncology Program
- Request for Outside Records - Patient Information from Another Organization [pdf]
- Symptom Management & Supportive Care Program
- Overnight Accommodations