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Myeloma (cont.)

Support Groups and Counseling

Living with myeloma presents many new challenges for an affected individual and his or her family and friends. There may be many worries about how myeloma will affect someone and his or her ability to "live a normal life," that is, to care for family and home, to hold a job, and to continue the friendships and activities one enjoys.

Many people may feel anxious and depressed. Some people feel angry and resentful; others feel helpless and defeated. For most people with myeloma, talking about their feelings and concerns can be helpful.

  • Friends and family members can be very supportive. They may be hesitant to offer support for a variety of reasons. If the affected person wishes to talk about their concerns, it is important to let them know to do so.
  • Some people don't want to "burden" their loved ones, or they prefer talking about their concerns with a more neutral professional. A social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful if one wishes to discuss his or her feelings and concerns about having myeloma. The hematologist or oncologist should be able to recommend someone.
  • Talking to other people who have myeloma profoundly helps many people with myeloma. Sharing concerns with others who have been through the same thing can be remarkably reassuring. Support groups of people with myeloma may be available through the medical center where one is receiving treatment. The American Cancer Society also has information about support groups all over the United States.

For more information about support groups, contact the following agencies:

  • American Cancer Society - (800) ACS-2345
  • National Cancer Institute, Cancer Information Service - (800) 4-CANCER ([800] 422-6237]); TTY (for deaf and hard-of-hearing callers) (800) 332-8615
  • International Myeloma Foundation - (800) 452-2873
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