Coronavirus and Multiple Myeloma

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  • Date:2020/09/22

If you’ve recently had an autologous stem-cell transplant, you are especially likely to get infections while you recover. Even if you are in remission after the transplant, your immune system won’t be back to its full strength for 6-12 months.

If you are in a clinical trial, the outbreak might interrupt it. But the FDA may arrange for you to continue to receive treatment at a different location.

Experts recommend that you keep your scheduled cancer appointments. If you notice any COVID-19 symptoms like a fever or cough, tell your doctor right away. If you need to go to the hospital or to your cancer clinic, you may be asked to arrive wearing a mask and to follow other instructions.

You also may need to consider these:

  • Postpone any elective, major new treatment, such as an autologous stem cell treatment.
  • Avoid non-essential visits to big medical centers or busy doctors’ offices. If you must go, ask for an appointment at the least busy time.
  • Get lab work at small local labs and ask the lab to send results to your doctor.
  • Get enough medications and supplies to last you a while.
  • Use the phone or internet for routine questions for your care team and to check lab results.

It’s best to make a plan with your doctor before you get sick as to what you should do if you get COVID-19 symptoms. Also know in advance where you will go if you need emergency care.

What You Can Do

Stay hydrated and keep moving your body. Eat healthy, get quality sleep, and manage your stress. As with everyone, take steps to protect yourself during the pandemic:

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth if you must go to crowded public areas.
  • Have groceries, prescriptions, and other essential items delivered to you.
  • Limit contact with other people, especially those who haven’t been keeping 6 feet away from people.
  • Put off any non-essential travel, and stay away from people who recently traveled to areas with coronavirus outbreaks.

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