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:
- Access to specialists in multiple myeloma and other blood cancers.
- Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
- Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
- Access to the largest and oldest Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplant program in Georgia.
- Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
- Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
- Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.
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.
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 counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.Visit Our Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Team
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.
Your Treatment Team
- 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
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- 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
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- 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
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- 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
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