Why choose Mayo Clinic

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For years, Cynthia Farmer was locked in a battle with an unknown opponent. The single mother of three suffered from an array of annoying symptoms that got progressively worse as the years passed. Doctors couldn't determine what was wrong with her and as the ailments continued, caring for her children — and herself — became [...]

  • Expertise and experience. POEMS syndrome is rare and diagnosis can be difficult. Mayo Clinic doctors see many people with this disease each year and have been treating the disease for more than 35 years.
  • Multispecialty team. Mayo Clinic has a designated group of specialists, the myeloma treatment group, which focuses on treating diseases such as POEMS syndrome. Working together, Mayo Clinic specialists develop a treatment plan based on your specific needs.
  • Excellent transplant care. In some cases, people with POEMS syndrome require a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. Mayo Clinic transplant centers are leaders in exploring the use of transplants to treat POEMS syndrome, with one of the largest and most experienced transplant practices in the United States.
  • Newest research. Mayo Clinic has been doing extensive research on POEMS syndrome for many years to help improve diagnosis and treatment options.

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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