Thinking about asking for bone treatment rather than systemic drugs
I'm not sure what you mean by "bone treatment rather than systemic drug." Zometa is an IV infusion that takes 20-30 minutes. I have been receiving it for 10 years for MM. The side effects I have experienced are headache, cramping (abdominal and leg), and fatigue. When I first started getting Zometa, I developed a rash, which the doctor has since avoided with pre-medication with benadryl. Zometa will not fight your cancer. I hope you will discuss your treatment and questions with your doctor. Now, chemotherapy agents for multiple myeloma have come a long way from 10 years ago. The 2 most common meds used for early stage MM are thalidomide and velcade. Neither have all of the properties of other chemo drugs, so the side effects are far less severe. They target the DNA of the cancer cells to kill them off. I got both, and never lost my hair (it thinned), or had severe nausea (mine was moderate and controlled with meds). Multiple myeloma is incurable cancer, but is very treatable. I encourage you to discuss this with your doctor.
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