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How Treatment Might Make You Feel

The goal of multiple myeloma treatment is to fight the disease and help you live longer. Be sure to keep your doctor informed about how you are feeling. Your healthcare team may be able to help you manage unwanted side effects.

Know what to expect

Before you start any new treatment, talk with your healthcare team about the possible side effects. Some common side effects of many multiple myeloma treatments include:

  • Fevers or flu-like symptoms
  • Changes in appetite
  • Gastrointestinal upset, such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Problems sleeping
  • Mouth sores
  • Fatigue
  • Pain, numbness, tingling in hands and feet

Keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to treatment and experiences side effects differently. Talk with your doctor about how your treatment might affect you.

Ask for help

If you experience side effects of treatment, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your doctor can help manage problems or unwanted side effects. It’s very important that you always keep your healthcare team updated about how you’re feeling.

Be sure to tell your healthcare team if you are experiencing a problem so it can be addressed as quickly as possible.

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