Active Surveillance for Myeloma

Often there are many phases of myeloma. For many of my patients, that can mean years of surveillance between treatments.

Mark H. Holguin, MD, Hematology/Oncology; Chief – Section of Hematology

Active surveillance means careful watching and waiting. Your physician will monitor the course of your myeloma, intervening with treatment if your disease advances.

Though you may feel anxious knowing you have cancer and you’re not receiving treatment, active surveillance allows you to prolong the harsh side effects of treatment until it’s necessary.

Active surveillance means you will receive at regular intervals:

  • Physical examinations
  • CT or PET scans
  • Laboratory tests

Your physician will monitor you for these health changes:

  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Bones or other organs affected by your myeloma
  • Increase in number of antibody-producing cells

Active surveillance is a good option for people:

  • For asymptomatic myeloma
  • At the initial stages of disease
  • After you’ve been treated and put into remission

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