Multiple Myeloma

The multiple myeloma care team at Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, Georgia is recognized as a national and international leader in the research and comprehensive treatment of the disease.

In the past ten years, our multiple myeloma experts have helped pioneer new drug therapies that have doubled the life expectancy of patients, and they are dedicated to building on that success.

The multiple myeloma team at Winship only specializes in this specific disease. As a patient here, you have access to some of the world's leading myeloma experts and to a healthcare team that provides the highest standard of care, the newest clinical trials available and the most up-to-date approaches in managing myeloma.

We offer you comprehensive treatment plan customized for your disease by giving you access to genetic testing, molecular sequencing and expert assessment. With a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, physician assistants, pathologists, radiologists, advanced practice nurses, oncology nurses and social workers, our aim is to be a resource at every stage of treatment in order to provide you with guidance on how to have the best long term survival with good quality of life.

Our team approach to care offers a number of benefits to you, including:

Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that develops in the bone marrow when normal, antibody-producing plasma cells become malignant myeloma cells.

The myeloma cells build up in the bone marrow, forming tumors in many bones of the body and preventing the bone marrow from creating healthy blood cells that your body needs to function properly.

The diagnosis of multiple myeloma is often initiated during routine blood tests for other conditions and is difficult to confirm on the basis of any single laboratory test result. Accurate diagnosis generally results from consideration of a variety of factors, including physical evaluation, patient history, symptoms, and lab results.

A number of laboratory tests and medical procedures are used to help confirm a diagnosis of myeloma, including bone marrow biopsy and imaging tests such as x-ray, CT scan or PET scan. Your doctor will determine the appropriate tests for you.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

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Because of ground-breaking research and clinical trials at Winship and elsewhere, treatments for multiple myeloma are changing every day.  Our doctors and researchers are studying the genetic components of multiple myeloma and using that knowledge to come up with better, more targeted drugs and individualized therapies.

The goal of controlling multiple myeloma as a chronic disease, or even curing it, is within reach.

Your treatment options will be tailored to your diagnosis based on the stage of your multiple myeloma and other factors such as lifestyle, age, and general health.

Chemotherapy: Multiple myeloma is sensitive to different combinations of chemotherapy, which may involve one or a combination of anticancer drugs that destroy cancer cells.

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation: This treatment consists of destroying cancerous bone marrow cells by using higher doses of chemotherapy and in some cases, radiotherapy, and then replacing them with healthy bone marrow or stem cells to help patients regain a new and healthy immune system. Winship has pioneered many advances in bone marrow transplant procedures and drugs.

Targeted drugs and combination therapies: New drugs that use the patient’s immune system to fight multiple myeloma are showing promising results in clinical trials. Winship has pioneered the use of these drugs in combination with front-line therapies.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

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 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

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If you have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Winship experts are available to provide a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Here is more information to help familiarize you with Winship and give you an idea of what to expect on your first visit.

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Sagar Lonial MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Sagar Lonial MD

Sagar Lonial MD

  • Internationally recognized as a leading authority in multiple myeloma treatment and research, Dr. Lonial collaborates with leadership as Chief Medical Officer to coordinate and enhance clinical services and patient care throughout Winship.
  • Chief Medical Officer, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Hematologist
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Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Dr. Kaufman's practice includes treating lymphoma and multiple myeloma patients at Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Medical Director of the Ambulatory Infusion Centers, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP
Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

  • As part of the hematology care team at Winship, Dr. Nooka specializes in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

  • Hematologist
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Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

  • Dr. Heffner's clinical interests include bone marrow transplant, Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and Waldenström's macroglobulinemia.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Anand P. Jillella MD

  • Hematologist
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Anand P. Jillella MD

Anand P. Jillella MD

  • Dr. Jillella is a national leader in bone marrow transplantation and has led the development of a strategy to decrease induction mortality for acute promyelocytic leukemia.
  • Associate Director for Community Outreach, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR
Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

  • Dr. Khan specializes in lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, skin (melanoma, squamous cell, basal cell, merkel cell), and pediatric cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Amelia A. Langston MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Amelia A. Langston MD

Amelia A. Langston MD

  • A bone marrow transplant specialist, Dr. Langston treats patients with leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and other blood cancers.
  • Medical Director and Section Chief, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD
Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Daniela  Casbourne  FNP-C, AOCNP
Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

  • Social Worker
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                                 Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)
Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-1900

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP
Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

  • As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Gleason works with patients with multiple myeloma and graft versus host disease and is a team member of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Auldyn Hirschey NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Auldyn Hirschey NP

Auldyn Hirschey NP

Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN
Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN

Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN

  • Ms. Holloway is the lead nurse navigator at Winship and she works with the hematology team assisting patients treated for blood cancer and blood disorders.
  • Hematology Nurse Navigator, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

David L. Jaye MD

  • Hematopathologist
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David L. Jaye MD

David L. Jaye MD

  • Dr. Jaye is an attending pathologist with an extensive research background.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867

Paul Johnson MSN, FNP-BC

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Paul Johnson  MSN, FNP-BC
Paul Johnson MSN, FNP-BC

Paul Johnson MSN, FNP-BC

Celia Lett NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Celia Lett NP
Celia Lett NP

Celia Lett NP

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Colleen Lewis NP
Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP
Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP

Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP

  • Dr. Li is a board certified pathologist interested in the development of new diagnostic techniques in hematopathology.
  • Director, Flow Cytometry Laboratory, Emory Medical Laboratory, Emory University Hospital
  • (404) 712-5867

Karen P. Mann MD, PhD

  • Hematopathologist
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Karen P. Mann MD, PhD

Karen P. Mann MD, PhD

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Joy  McCall LCSW
Joy McCall LCSW

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Located at the Winship Cancer Institute, Ms. McCall works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center, hematology and gynecologic cancer teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5899

Alice Mullins LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Alice Mullins LCSW
Alice Mullins LCSW

Alice Mullins LCSW

  • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Mullins specializes in assisting patients affected by hematologic malignancies and with those undergoing bone marrow transplantation.
  • Social Worker, Hematology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5559

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Pamela Randall MDiv

  • Chaplain
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Pamela Randall MDiv

Pamela Randall MDiv

Melanie Simon NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Melanie Simon NP
Melanie Simon NP

Melanie Simon NP

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Vinita Singh MD
Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with medical oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD
Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD

Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD

  • Dr. Zhang's specializes in diagnostic hematopathology integrating morphologic examination, flow cytometric immunophenotyping, cytogenetics, FISH, and microarray studies; and molecular diagnosis of solid tumors.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867