Why choose Mayo Clinic

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During a hospitalization for pneumonia more than 20 years ago in her hometown of Barrington, IL, Ilse Hein received very frightening news: she had multiple myeloma. Initially she understood that she had a skin cancer (a melanoma), though she soon learned that multiple myeloma was actually very different: a complex cancer of the bone marrow. [...]

  • Expertise and experience. Experts in Mayo Clinic's multiple myeloma program have been treating this disease for decades. Mayo's multispecialty team approach gives you rapid access to specialty care. Hematologists provide primary care, working with orthopedic surgeons, radiation oncologists and other specialists as needed.
  • Latest diagnostic techniques. Mayo Clinic developed special diagnostic tools, such as multicolor flow cytometry, for early and accurate diagnosis. Mayo also helped develop tests to identify precancerous stages of multiple myeloma (such as monoclonal gammopathy) and accurately determine the extent of the disease through a staging system. The Mayo Stratification of Myeloma and Risk-Adapted Therapy (mSMART) model further classifies people as having high-risk, intermediate-risk or standard-risk myeloma.
  • Latest treatments. Mayo Clinic researchers believe multiple myeloma may be a collection of genetically distinct disorders that require different therapies (risk-adapted therapy). Your treatment will be tailored to your needs and may include both standard medications and experimental therapies, as well as diet and lifestyle management. In addition, you may be able to participate in one of Mayo's numerous clinical trials.
  • Latest research. A world 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., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked high performing for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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