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COVID-19 and Myeloma Essential Updates

Updated on May 12, 2020

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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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.

What MyMyelomaTeam Members Are Saying

"Transplant is delayed because of COVID until later in the year. My oncologist says I will start my KRD again until transplant."

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People With Myeloma Face Stress Due to Delayed Treatments

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.

What MyMyelomaTeam Members Are Saying

“Went to get the Zometa treatment on Thursday and everyone was very scared.”

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

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.

What MyMyelomaTeam Members Are Saying

"Have a good weekend and please stay home and social distance!"

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Canceling Is Kindness: Keeping Safe From COVID-19 With Myeloma

Other COVID-19 Resources

A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

With the protests, 19 was kind of ignored. I think cases will shoot up. I am staying put, while this island is opening up, and I see that my state has… read more

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