Caregivers for multiple myeloma patients have psychological distress

By Andrew Cromarty
September 6th, 2022
Elizabeth O’Donnell, MD, is an oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Elizabeth O’Donnell, MD, is an oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A new study published in “Blood Advances” reveals that caregivers for patients with multiple myeloma may experience higher levels of depression and anxiety than the patients themselves. While there are ample studies documenting the psychological and emotional effects a disease can have on patients, there is limited understanding of how terminal illnesses affect the friends, family, and loved ones caring for these individuals.

Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incurable form of cancer that affects white blood cells found in the bone marrow. Instead of producing antibodies like healthy white blood cells, these cancerous cells create abnormal proteins that can cause complications such as thinning bones, anemia, frequent infections, and kidney fai...

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