Update on the COVID-19 pandemic

Information regarding COVID-19 is in constant change, as is the situation regarding vaccination and prioritization for immune-compromised individuals.

If you have any COVID-19-related questions, we’ve created a specific COVID section on our website that can be accessed by clicking here or by selecting the “News & Events” tab from our homepage. In this section, you’ll find the latest news and information about the pandemic in Canada from trustworthy and reliable sources.

Any specific questions that you may have regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, delays between vaccine dosing, and prioritization within your province are best answered by your healthcare team. They’re the ones who know you and your particular situation and are therefore in a position to best address your unique concerns.

Created by, and entirely focused on, Canadians impacted by myeloma, Myeloma Canada is the only national charitable organization committed to providing you with the most up-to-date and reliable information on myeloma. Some of the ways we do this is through our monthly e-newsletter, “Myeloma Matters”, as well as through our social media platforms.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@myeloma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-798-5771 with any questions regarding our programs and services.


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Managing the Side Effects

Your loved one’s healthcare team will monitor treatment side effects and suggest strategies to manage them. Don’t hesitate to fill them in by reporting any and all side effects experienced by your loved one, even if you feel they're minor or if they only occured once. Keeping track of all side effects in a journal or on the Myeloma Monitor can support you and help you navigate issues with the healthcare team.

Go to the Hospital Emergency Room :

  • Any major changes in vital signs
  • Temperature higher than 38.0°C for more than an hour
  • Chest pain and/or trouble breathing
  • More than three liquid stools per day
  • Severe nausea or vomiting

Coping with “Roid Rage”

Steroids can bring on various changes in mood and have also been linked to aggression in certain people. Ask your loved one to give you a “heads-up” when they take their steroids. You may both discuss steroid dosing schedules with their healthcare provider as there may be some solutions that can help your loved one better manage the negative effects