By Cynthia Chmielewski | Posted - Feb 18th, 2021





HealthTree University: Myeloma Bone Disease (Part 3 of 5)

An unfortunate symptom of myeloma for many patients is bone disease. We all know that myeloma affects the bone, and it’s often through imaging that we are diagnosed. There are some important questions that need to be answered concerning bone health and multiple myeloma. What imaging and medications should patients be getting? Who needs them? What can myeloma patients do to protect their bones or even heal them? We asked top myeloma specialists these questions and many more in this series of HealthTree University videos on myeloma bone disease.

Below are some video excerpts from our HealthTree University curriculum to help you learn more about this important aspect of your disease. We invite you to watch them all, and also visit HealthTree University and creating a HealthTree account. By creating a HealthTree account, in HealthTree University you can:

  • Save and keep track of your progress in the courses
  • Get points for answering quiz questions
  • Bookmark videos
  • Take notes
  • And even earn prizes! [COMING SOON]

13.11 - What bisphosphonates should myeloma patients consider?


13.12 - What is Xgeva (denosumab) and who should consider using it?


13.13 - What precautions should be taken when Xgeva (denosumab) is stopped?


13.14 - Should individuals dx with MGUS or SMM be receiving bisphosphonates?


13.15 - What is ONJ (Osteonecrosis of the Jaw)? How is ONJ treated?


We’d like to thank our faculty who donated their time in creating these videos, including:

  • Jens Hillengass, MD of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Suzanne Lentzsch, MD, PhD of Columbia University
  • Matthew Drake, MD, PhD of Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Want more?

We have over 200 HealthTree University videos online at! Learn the basics (and the not-so-basics) of myeloma from some of the top myeloma doctors in the world!

Other HealthTree University Classes:

Myeloma Basics Part 1

Myeloma Basics Part 2

Myeloma Basics Part 3

Building Your Healthcare Team

Becoming an Empowered Patient

Starting Myeloma Treatment

Autologous Stem Cell Transplant (ASCT)

Precursor Conditions

Relapsed and Refractory MM Treatment

10 Know Your Therapy [BETA]

11 Myeloma Bone Disease

12 Blood and Urine Testing in Myeloma

13 Imaging in Myeloma

14 MRD Testing

15 Basic Genetics and Cancer Biology

16 Myeloma Genetics

17 Types of Genetic Testing in Myeloma

18 Classes of Drugs

19 COVID-19 and Multiple Myeloma [BETA]

Cynthia Chmielewski
About the Author

Cynthia Chmielewski - Cynthia Chmielewski is a professional educator and myeloma advocate. As a former teacher, she now teaches myeloma patients how to advocate for themselves as the Director of HealthTree University.


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