Laboratory staff play a key role in the investigation, diagnosis, and management of a range of plasma cell disorders including MGUS, AL amyloidosis and myeloma. In March 2023, we partnered with UKNEQAS to deliver four educational webinars covering these disorders. The webinars focus on defining the different types of plasma cell disorders, deciding when and…
The following questionnaire can determine if you are at risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by screening for 4 self-reportable and 4 demographic characteristics. Note this is Property of the University Health Network. Modified from Chung F et al. Anesthesiology 2008; 108: 812-821, Chung F et al Br J Anaesth 2012; 108: 768-775, Chung…
Timely diagnosis of myeloma relies on laboratories performing the correct tests and flagging abnormal results to clinicians. In 2017, the UK National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS) and Myeloma UK collaborated on a questionnaire which was sent to UK laboratories to assess their practice in relation to diagnosis and monitoring of patients with myeloma.
General references for the nurse guide series, and those specific to each guide, are provided for here for further reading.
Myeloma patients have a greater risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE). This guide covers the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and the assessment, prevention, treatment and nursing management involved.
Steroids are drugs which mimic certain natural hormones in the body. They regulate metabolic, immunologic, cardiovascular, and homeostatic function.
Peripheral neuropathy is a side effect that can negatively impact patients’ activities and quality of life. This guide describes the symptoms, assessment, treatment and nursing management involved.
A common side effect of stem cell transplantation, mucositis can be painful and debilitating. This guide covers the symptoms that can occur, how mucositis is assessed and managed, and strategies to prevent or reduce its impact.
Bone marrow function is affected by myeloma and is a common side effect of many treatments. This guide outlines the symptoms, assessment, treatment and nursing management of myelosuppression in myeloma.