Dr. George Somlo on Treatment Considerations for Multiple Myeloma

George Somlo, MD
Published Online: Monday, Oct 24, 2016


George Somlo, MD, medical oncologist, City of Hope, discusses treatment considerations in multiple myeloma.
 
Multiple myeloma patients are very well educated and often come to appointments with a list of relevant clinical trials and ask educated questions, said Somlo. That is why it is important that treatment decisions a collaborative effort between the oncologist and the patient, he says.
 
Oncologists should be aggressive with their treatment and think long-term when making treatment decisions. Because patients can live with multiple myeloma for many years, it should be treated like a chronic illness and treatments should be selected that are both effective and allow the patient to maintain their quality of life, says Somlo.
 

George Somlo, MD, medical oncologist, City of Hope, discusses treatment considerations in multiple myeloma.
 
Multiple myeloma patients are very well educated and often come to appointments with a list of relevant clinical trials and ask educated questions, said Somlo. That is why it is important that treatment decisions a collaborative effort between the oncologist and the patient, he says.
 
Oncologists should be aggressive with their treatment and think long-term when making treatment decisions. Because patients can live with multiple myeloma for many years, it should be treated like a chronic illness and treatments should be selected that are both effective and allow the patient to maintain their quality of life, says Somlo.
 

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