Getting the Best Care Possible

Getting the Best Care Possible

African Americans Are Less Likely to Have Access to Appropriate Care

African Americans with multiple myeloma have benefited less from survival improvements in recent years. This might be because African Americans may not have had the same access to treatments.

However, when treated for multiple myeloma, African Americans do just as well as, and sometimes even better than, white Americans. Talk to your doctor about how you can get the best treatment for you.

Stem Cell Transplant Is a Standard of Care in Multiple Myeloma

An autologous stem cell transplant, which is the most common type of transplant in multiple myeloma, is a procedure in which the patient donates his or her own stem cells and does not require someone else to donate the cells to the patient. Stem cells are collected from the patient and preserved, then transplanted at a later time.

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According to a study: African Americans are more than 40% less likely to have a stem cell transplant vs white Americans. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for a stem cell transplant.

To learn more about stem cell transplants, visit the stem cell transplant overview page.

Download the Standing in the Gaap brochure to learn more about multiple myeloma and how the disease could affect you differently.

Standing in the Gaap Brochure

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