Description: Written from the professional perspective of a hematologist-oncologist specializing in myeloma treatment and the personal experience of a patient with myeloma, this valuable little resource provides both authoritative and practical answers concerning treatment options, post-treatment concerns, quality of life, and resources for managing the physical and emotional consequences of this potentially overwhelming disease.
Purpose: According to the authors, the book is designed to answer many of the questions and concerns of myeloma patients and their significant others; and in doing so, help allay some of their fears and encourage active participation in discussing their illness, treatment, and care management.
Audience: The targeted audience is myeloma patients and their families and friends. However, the book would also be a handy resource for healthcare providers who work with cancer patients but do not need in-depth knowledge of myeloma.
Features: Written in a questions and answer format, the book is divided into seven parts: part one describes myeloma, its complications, and associated disorders; part two discusses diagnosis and staging; part three outlines treatment options; part four provides information on side effects and complications; part five explains stem cell transplantation and complications; part six offers strategies for dealing with a poor prognosis; and part seven provides practical advice for symptom management and other issues of daily living. Also included are an appendix of myeloma information and resources, a glossary of technical terms, and a comprehensive index.
Assessment: This well-indexed, practical little book can be read straight through or used as a reference when problems arise. Based on a physician's professional expertise, along with practical wisdom from a myeloma patient, a broad range of myeloma-related questions and concerns are addressed. The specific content areas are pertinent, easy to comprehend, and covered in sufficient depth to be useful to myeloma patients, their families and friends, and healthcare workers needing only a basic understanding of myeloma. Additional resources are suggested for more in-depth information. The book should enhance the patient and family's confidence in discussing the illness and treatment options and aid in coping with associated challenges.