North East Ohio Multiple Myeloma Patient Workshop
With the advent of new drugs for multiple myeloma, this disease can often be managed as a chronic disease rather than an aggressive and lethal cancer. As our understanding of multiple myeloma evolves through scientific advancements, we hope to offer novel approaches and new viewpoints for both patients and caregivers coping with this disease.
Multiple myeloma follows a relapse-remission course, which means patients may experience times when they feel better followed by a period when symptoms return. It is common for someone with multiple myeloma to go through several of these cycles and the time between receiving therapy, response and relapse will vary significantly from person to person. Depending on where they are in the cycle, the needs of the patient and the role of the caregiver will change.
University Hospitals offers free, quarterly workshops to patients with multiple myeloma and their caregivers at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. As a team, we believe that all aspects of care revolve around the patient and the caregiver so this program aims to empower patients to absorb and understand the scientific data, ask questions and lead conversations with their care providers. At each session, Ehsan Malek, MD, Director of the Multiple Myeloma Program at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, and his team present short-term and long-term options for controlling this disease, followed by a workshop about how to interpret multiple myeloma test results and value of different therapeutic elements for this disease.
Let us join together and say “NO” to multiple myeloma. Take control of your life and get in the driver's seat on your journey to remission.
Ehsan Malek, MD
Director, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Myeloma Program