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Survivorship Care Guidelines for Patients Living With Multiple Myeloma

Elizabeth Bilotti
Beth M. Faiman
Tiffany A. Richards
Joseph D. Tariman
Teresa S. Miceli
Sandra I. Rome
the International Myeloma Foundation Nurse Leadership Board
CJON 2011, 15(4), 5-8 DOI: 10.1188/11.S1.CJON.5-8

Novel therapies approved over the past decade for the management of multiple myeloma have contributed to improved overall survival in patients with newly diagnosed and relapsed disease. Nurses play a key role in educating, advocating for, and supporting patients throughout the continuum of care. Identifying potential and actual comorbid conditions associated directly with multiple myeloma and its treatment is important, as is confirming those that are patient specific so that prompt intervention can take place; therefore, the International Myeloma Foundation Nurse Leadership Board identified the most significant needs of patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma as bone health, health maintenance, mobility and safety, sexual dysfunction, and renal health. The Nurse Leadership Board then developed a survivorship care plan to assist healthcare providers and patients with multiple myeloma, their partners, and their caregivers to identify these needs.

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