How Immunotherapy Treats Multiple Myeloma


Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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Each year, as many as 33,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This type of blood cancer originates in plasma cells, which are specific types of your immune system’s white blood cells that help fight off infections. In healthy individuals, plasma cells make antibodies, or special proteins, that help the body recognize and fend off foreign invaders and other harmful substances.

If you’ve been diagnosed, you may already know immunotherapy for multiple myeloma is a popular treatment choice. In many cases, immunotherapy is used in combination with standard cancer treatments like chemotherapy. One type of immunotherapy, stem cell transplantation from a donor, has been used for more than 30 years as a frontline treatment for those living with multiple myeloma.

What is immunotherapy, and how can it fight cancer? These experts explain this exciting new treatment.

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