Can One Doctor Manage Your Myeloma?
BY YOLANDA BRUNSON-SARRABO Managing your myeloma diagnosis can be one of the most stressful day-to-day experience to deal with, whether the treatment appointments, follow-up, and labs; it can be trying. To get a grip on everything it’s always a good idea to have a datebook to chart and recall what must be done in managing your situation. On top of focusing on myeloma have you thought about meeting your other health needs? It’s funny but sometimes no one stresses the importance of still working with your other doctors that maintain the other aspects of your health. You would think one goes hand in hand, but it does not. Some people adopt their oncologist as their one and only healthcare provider, which is not the case. It’s so easy to get stuck with this misconception of just dealing with an oncologist, but the fact of the matter is your oncologist may not hold all the answers to other things that may be happening to you besides multiple myeloma. Oftentimes, we think that because we see a team daily or weekly that they can diagnose or prescribe meds for other ailments. What I’ve learned is that it takes a village of doctors to walk you through a full and productive health checklist. It’s very important to be on point and be fully active in getting your full check-ups, as well as informing everyone that you are dealing with that you have multiple myeloma. Here’s a list of doctors that are a must in your myeloma checklist journey:
- General Practitioner
- Gynecologist (female patients)