Treatment methods for myeloma patients have changed a lot over the last several years. Today, some new cancer treatments are taken by mouth, which is called “oral treatment” or “oral therapy.”
Oral treatment at home is simpler and less complicated than traditional intravenous (IV) therapy, which has to be administered by your doctor or nurse. However, along with the advantage of treating cancer at home, there’s a shift in control and responsibility from the healthcare provider to the patient. Adhering to oral medications can be difficult and this can present new challenges and issues for some patients. Medications may not work effectively if patients do not take them as prescribed by their doctors.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers the following resources to help patients and their families establish good medication routines and oral treatment adherence at home:
Use this calendar as an easy way for you and your family to manage medications and doctor’s instructions.
Learn about the importance of taking treatments as prescribed by the doctors, tips to help patients take oral medication as prescribed, and tips and strategies for successful communication with the healthcare team. Video features Kenneth H. Shain, MD, PhD, Leslie A. Lauersdorf, ARNP, AOCNP and Beth A. Finley-Oliver, BSN, RN, OCN of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL and two myeloma survivors.
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