Early, Patient-Centered, and Multidisciplinary Approach in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma: What Are We Talking About? A Case Description and Discussion

Jonas Sørensen*, Tanja Vibeke Sørensen, Kasper Hasseriis Andersen, Dorte Schou Nørøxe, Anne Kærsgaard Mylin

*Corresponding author for this work
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Abstract

Specialized palliative care (SPC) is a multidisciplinary need-based approach from the time a life-threatening disease is diagnosed. Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) will, at the time of diagnosis, often present with symptoms and needs that require a multidisciplinary approach. This case describes the course of a patient with newly diagnosed MM, involving all vertebrae and with no common analgesic treatment providing sufficient relief. High symptom burden and psychosocial and existential factors contribute to his total suffering. SPC, anesthesiological, and radio-oncological disciplines are integrated early, and the multidisciplinary approach includes support from social worker, psychologist, and physiotherapist. The needs and distress of the patients' wife are addressed. Barriers for further integration and the role of standardized care pathways are discussed, and the importance of systematic screening for symptoms and needs is highlighted. Integrating several disciplines may be a prerequisite for antineoplastic treatment being initiated for patients with newly diagnosed malignant disease.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPalliative Medicine Reports
Volume3
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)369-373
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • caregiver issues
  • hematology-specific issues
  • hospital-specific palliative care issues
  • pain control
  • symptom assessment

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