Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma
Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma may be used to treat a specific area where there is bone damage and pain caused by myeloma cells growing in the bone marrow. Also, radiation therapy is sometimes given in preparation for a stem cell transplant to destroy as many myeloma cells as possible.
Helping you maintain your quality of life
The side effects of radiation therapy for multiple myeloma depend on the treatment dose, the part of the body being radiated, the duration of the radiation and other factors. Radiation may cause a drop in white blood cell count, which can increase the risk of infection. Some other side effects may include: fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite and skin irritation.
During your radiation treatment, your care team will monitor your blood counts regularly. If needed, we’ll provide therapies to stimulate your blood cell production and/or antibiotics to prevent/treat infection.
We’ll also work with you to manage radiation-induced side effects. You’ll receive therapies like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine—all under one roof. These therapies can help to keep you strong so you can better tolerate treatment and maintain your quality of life.