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Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

Tests that examine the blood and bone marrow are used to detect (find) and diagnose myeloma.

Preparing for A Second Opinion

If you were diagnosed at another health care center and are coming to Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center for treatment or a second opinion, repeat diagnostic tests may be necessary.

In advance of your second opinion visit, we may request:

  • Pathology slides and reports
  • All radiology imaging (disks and reports)
  • Health records
  • A list of dates and facts about your past treatments, personal health history, or any other facts and dates relevant to your current diagnosis

Perhaps most importantly, come to your visit with a list of as many questions as possible. Sometimes, it can be difficult to think of everything or remember everything during a visit. A list of questions prepared in advance will ensure you get the information you are looking for.

If you forget a question, or have more questions after your visit, you can communicate with us via our secure patient portal network, www.myPennMedicine.org.

Finally, plan to have a friend, family member or support person come with you to your appointment. He or she can help take down information, recall the conversation and be of general support throughout the process.

Staging Multiple Myeloma

Staging multiple myeloma can help your physician create a personalized treatment plan that's right for you.