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Wellspring Website
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)
Myeloma UK Website
The Myeloma Beacon
Cancer Care Ontario
myeloma Canada  Website  
​​​Other Helpful WEBSITES AND Resources

Informed decisions about your health care is important to your quality of life, and your survival.  To make these decisions easier for you, we have compiled a list of suggested questions, as a starting point, to help you learn more about your cancer, your care, and your treatment.  We encourage you to visit other websites, cancer support groups, but most importantly, talk to your doctor and health team.  Feel free to print this list of questions, and bring it to your appointment.

  • Am I certain that I have multiple myeloma?
  • What type of multiple myeloma do I have?
  • Can I get a second opinion on this diagnosis?
  • How many multiple myeloma patients are treated at this cancer centre?
  • What stage is my myeloma at?
  • What do the different stages mean?
  • What are my symptoms?
  • What other health problems and concerns are caused by multiple myeloma?
  • Can you explain my laboratory test results to me?
  • Should I start treatment immediately?
  • What treatment plan are you recommending, and why?
  • What are the benefits, and the risks, of this treatment plan?
  • Are there any other treatment options?
  • What clinical trials are open to me?
  • How will this treatment plan affect my daily life?  Can I work, exercise, or do daily household activities?

Because appointments can often be brief, and because there is typically a lot of ground to cover when you are with your treatment plan medical team, it is a good idea to be well prepared.  Here's what you can do to prepare beforehand.

Note the symptoms that you are experiencing.  If you have had signs and symptoms of illness or are just not feeling well, write those details down along with when you first noticed them.  List your other medical conditions.  Include any and all prescription, or over-the-counter, medications that you are taking, as well as all vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies.

Take a family member or friend along with you since it can be difficult to remember all of the information provided during an appointment.  Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed, or forgot.  Don't be afraid, or embarrassed to surround yourself with a support system, and stay positive.  Stress and anxiety are not helpful attributes when it comes to coordinating a treatment plan for you.

  You, or your loved one, have been newly diagnosed with myeloma.           Now what?