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March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month



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ANCHOR LEAD: St. Patrick's Day and "March Madness"… these are familiar landmarks in the month that kicks off the spring season. And Bobbi Owens has more on one less recognized observance this month which can help improve patient's lives. (:60) SCRIPT: Healthcare Now, I'm Bobbi Owens. Multiple myeloma is a rare type of blood cancer that attacks plasma cells in the bone marrow. Each year, in the U.S. alone, it affects approximately twenty-thousand people. That's why during Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, Dr. Noopur Raje, Massachusetts General Hospital's Director of the Multiple Myeloma Program, says patients need to be an active part of their healthcare team. CUT: (Dr. Raje) As with any cancer, treating multiple myeloma is a team effort. Patients should have an ongoing dialogue with their physicians and nurses to really understand and manage their treatment plan. SCRIPT: Dr. Raje says patients who are newly diagnosed need to ask their physician three important questions. CUT: (Dr. Raje) First, which tests do I need to learn more about my specific case? Second, how advanced is my disease? And most importantly, what are the best treatment options? SCRIPT: To learn more about multiple myeloma and treatment options, log onto My-Multiple-Myeloma-dot-com. That's Healthcare Now from Millennium, the Takeda Oncology Company.
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