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COVID-19 and Myeloma Essential Updates

Updated on October 05, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MyMyelomaTeam will provide summaries and links to articles of importance to people living with myeloma. This page will be updated with information as it becomes available.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters and Additional Doses for People With Myeloma: Current Guidelines

MyMyelomaTeam, October 5, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has recommended Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for adults over 65 and other high-risk individuals at least six months after their second dose. People with multiple myeloma currently may be eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their initial two doses.

Read the full article here.

Life After COVID-19 Vaccination: What Are MyMyelomaTeam Members Doing Now That They’re Vaccinated?

MyMyelomaTeam, June 15, 2021

As of June 14, 2021, more than 64 percent of Americans had received at least their first vaccination against COVID-19. MyMyelomaTeam members who have been vaccinated are eagerly sharing their hopes and plans now that vaccination has lowered their risk for experiencing serious illness from the potentially deadly virus.

Read the full article here.

Myeloma and COVID-19 Vaccines: Q&A With Dr. Kalaycio

MyMyelomaTeam, February 25, 2021

In January 2021, the National Cancer Center Network (NCCN) issued recommendations stating that people with cancer, including those receiving active therapy, should receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them. MyMyelomaTeam invited Dr. Matt Kalaycio, a board-certified hematologist and a professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, to help us address questions that many members have about the vaccine.

Read the full article here.

How To Have a Safe Holiday With Multiple Myeloma During COVID-19

MyMyelomaTeam, November 20, 2020

The 2020 fall and winter holiday season will be different than any in our lifetimes. While multiple myeloma may have complicated holiday celebrations in the past, COVID-19 introduces a brand new set of limitations.

Read the full article here.

People With Myeloma Face Stress Due to Delayed Treatments

MyMyelomaTeam, May 12, 2020

Key Takeaways

  • For some people with myeloma, stem cell transplants and other procedures have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Uncertainty about scheduling care is contributing to anxiety and stress for many members of MyMyelomaTeam.
  • Stress management techniques such as yoga, healthful eating, and social connection may help keep anxiety under control.

Read the full article here.

Myeloma and COVID-19: Are You at a Greater Risk?

MyMyelomaTeam, April 14, 2020

Key Takeaways

  • People with myeloma are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, but everybody's situation will be unique.
  • Some myeloma treatments suppress the immune system more than others and may put myeloma patients at higher risk.
  • Right now, most myeloma treatments probably won’t increase the risk.
  • In general, immunotherapy probably doesn't increase a patient's risk very much.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, many doctors are considering delaying stem cell therapy treatments for people with myeloma by at least two months.

Read the full article here.

How to Talk to Friends and Family About Physical Distancing

MyMyelomaTeam, March 20, 2020

Key Takeaways

  • Remind loved ones of the seriousness of your situation. According to research in China, people who had one additional disease had a 79 percent higher risk of requiring intensive care, needing a respirator, or dying as a result of COVID-19.
  • If there are others in your circle who take the threat seriously, ask them to talk to your loved one on your behalf.
  • Suggest ways to stay socially connected from a safe distance.

Read the full article here.

Other COVID-19 Resources

A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

Donna, That is good news, I hope it holds, sometime after a few weeks it is gone. A Response for us in any form is great! Continue to be careful! Have a good night! Love, Marcia 🌼🌸🌻

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