Getting The Right Care For African Americans With Multiple Myeloma

Getting the Right Care

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

A stem cell transplant is a procedure that replaces damaged or diseased stem cells with healthy stem cells. More than 20,000 stem cell transplants were performed in the United States in 2016. More than 7500 were to treat multiple myeloma.

For many people with multiple myeloma, a stem cell transplant is an important part of treatment. Stem cell transplants are known as a standard of care in multiple myeloma. A standard of care is a treatment that is accepted by medical experts as a proper treatment for a certain type of disease and that is widely used by healthcare professionals.

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

You can learn more about stem cell transplants here

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