Over 80% of myeloma patients are seen by community oncologists but data shows that patients who have a specialist on their team live longer. In fact, if myeloma patients are treated by a myeloma specialist within the first year, a UNC study says they live 38% longer. It’s common for myeloma patients to have a team that includes periodic consultations to craft a treatment strategy with a myeloma specialist but receive care closer to home. Myeloma patients should always feel confident that they can obtain a second opinion if they need help. If you are being treated by a myeloma specialist (treats patients and does academic research) who is not on this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.