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Routine Health Maintenance in Patients Living With Multiple Myeloma

Elizabeth Bilotti
Charise L. Gleason
Ann McNeill
the International Myeloma Foundation Nurse Leadership Board
CJON 2011, 15(4), 25-40 DOI: 10.1188/11.S1.CJON.25-40

Patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma are living longer because of new therapeutic options. Helping patients with multiple myeloma maintain a good state of health from the time of diagnosis and throughout their therapy leads to better quality of life. However, patients with multiple myeloma are at risk for illnesses experienced by the general population and at additional risk for illnesses related to multiple myeloma and its treatment. Therefore, the International Myeloma Foundation Nurse Leadership Board (NLB) has developed practice recommendations to meet the particular needs of adult patients with multiple myeloma using evidence-based recommendations for screening and disease prevention, as well as nursing experience. The NLB recommendations are designed to address and overcome barriers to health maintenance by educating and empowering nurses and their patients.

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