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Innovative Multiple Myeloma Care Renews a Pilot?s Energy and Outlook

At 81 years old, Harold Rogers has had quite a ride. For 30 years, the St. Mary?s, Georgia, resident was an air traffic controller and corporate jet pilot. But nothing prepared Harold for a diagnosis in early 2009 of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells inside bone marrow, which is considered incurable. ?I?d [...]

  • Collaboration. At Mayo Clinic, hematologists, oncologists, bone marrow transplant experts, radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists work as a multidisciplinary team to provide whole-person care for people with multiple myeloma. Other professionals are included as needed.
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating multiple myeloma. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 2,800 people with multiple myeloma.
  • Expertise. Mayo Clinic myeloma experts are respected for their expertise in diagnosing and treating myeloma. Your care team is prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you exactly the care you need.
  • Innovative approach to myeloma. Mayo Clinic doctors developed the Mayo Stratification of Myeloma and Risk-Adapted Therapy (mSMART) model to classify myeloma as high-risk, intermediate-risk or standard-risk myeloma. The mSMART risk level of your myeloma helps determine your prognosis and helps your doctor select the treatment options that offer you the greatest benefit.
  • Access to the latest. Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest diagnosis and treatment options, such as specialized laboratory testing to analyze myeloma cells for abnormalities that may suggest the best treatment option.

    Mayo Clinic researchers are studying cutting-edge treatments, such as immunotherapy treatments that use the body's immune system to fight cancer. Mayo Clinic researchers were the first to report success against multiple myeloma using an engineered measles virus.

  • Exactly the care you need. Mayo Clinic's risk-adapted therapy approach to myeloma treatment means your treatment options are tailored to your needs.
  • Latest research. A leader in multiple myeloma research, Mayo Clinic played a key role in developing new diagnostic techniques and drug treatments for multiple myeloma. Mayo researchers continue to focus on developing new treatments.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — a recognition for an institution's scientific excellence in research and multispecialty resources that are focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Dec. 04, 2015