Are multiple myeloma patients immunocompromised?
Yes, patients with multiple myeloma are typically immunocompromised. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, which play a vital role in the immune system. The disease itself, along with treatments like chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation or certain medications, can compromise the immune system. This makes patients more susceptible to infections. Therefore, it’s crucial for multiple myeloma patients to be cautious, practice good hygiene and stay updated on vaccinations, where appropriate.