Multiple Myeloma

The latest multiple myeloma news, advice, and information, including treatment advances, symptom management, and real-life stories about people living with this blood cancer.

Living with Multiple Myeloma

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Former Teacher Uses Social Media to Educate About Multiple Myeloma

Fifth grade teacher Cindy Chmielewski left the classroom when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM), but didn’t stop educating others – her classroom just went virtual. Cindy is now a social media powerhouse in the MM community. Here’s her story.

By Sheila M. Eldred

10 Ways Good Nutrition Helps Manage Multiple Myeloma

Get to know the foods and practices that will work for you and not against you during your cancer treatment and beyond.

By Stephanie Stephens

How a Brilliant Multiple Myeloma M.D. Found Her Calling

All it took was one unusual multiple-myelmona patient, and Cristina Gasparetto, M.D., was sold.

By Pamela Kaufman

Down to the Last Detail: Managing Multiple Myeloma Pain

Bone breaks, pinched nerves, infections, and excess calcium in the blood can be sources of pain with multiple myeloma. Learn how to minimize that pain with an array of pain interventions.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Specific Types of Cancer Linked to Short Sleep Duration

Individuals with cancer are more likely to experience sleep problems, and poor sleep may increase cancer risk.

By Martin Reed

Treatment FAQs

Over the years, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) has collected questions from patients like you, who are just starting treatment. Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

By Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Multiple Myeloma Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of multiple myeloma patients typically varies on several factors.

By Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Classifying Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is classified into one of three categories. Classification of multiple myeloma is important because immediate disease-directed treatment is needed only for symptomatic myeloma.

By Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Managing Treatment Related Side Effects

Myeloma medications, like all medications, have the potential to cause side effects.

By Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Multiple Myeloma Tests

Diagnostic testing for multiple myeloma is important, because many myeloma patients don’t have any multiple myeloma symptoms until their disease has reached more advanced stages.

By Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Meet the Experts

Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Health Writer

Lara DeSanto


Lara DeSanto is a digital editor and staff writer for HealthCentral. She acts as the editor for sexual health, digestive health, and several cancers.

Pamela Kaufman

Health Writer

Pamela Kaufman has worked at Vogue and Food & Wine. Today she writes about health, food, and living well with chronic disease.

Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Health Writer

Health News

More Cancers Linked to Weight

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Holding Hands With Your Partner Can Ease Your Pain

When you’re in pain, hand-holding can help your brain waves sync with your partner’s and relieve your discomfort, according to a study conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Haifa in Israel. This study involved 22 he...

Could Lowering Cholesterol Help the Body Fight Cancer?

Lowering blood levels of cholesterol could improve the cancer-fighting ability of certain immune system cells, called Tc9 cells.