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Infection and myeloma Infosheet

This Infosheet explains what an infection is, what increases the risk of infection in myeloma, what the signs and symptoms of infection are and how infection is managed and treated.

Frequent or recurrent infection is one of the most common complications of myeloma.

Myeloma patients are up to 10 times more likely to develop an infection than healthy people. This is for two main reasons: the myeloma itself and the side effects of anti-myeloma treatment.

Serious infection can cause other complications, reduce quality of life and may even be fatal. For these reasons, it is important to treat infection as it occurs or, in some circumstances, to take prophylactic (preventative) treatment.

The chosen treatment for infection depends on the cause, location and severity of the infection. The infosheet details potential treatments for bacterial infection; fungal infection; viral infection, as well as providing some clear tips for avoiding infection.