Ways to minimize your risk of getting infections
Myeloma and its treatments, such as The treatment of cancer with drugs that kill all rapidly-dividing cells. Treatment with one or more drugs that kill all rapidly-dividing (cancer) cells. Chemotherapy can reduce the number of myeloma cells in the bone marrow and the M-protein they produce. Chemotherapy cannot “cure” myeloma but it may stop it from progressing or getting worse for a period of time. (which can reduce your white blood The basic unit of any living organism. count), can affect your body’s ability to fight off infections, leaving you more susceptible to them.
A course of Drugs used to treat infection. from your family physician may resolve the issue. However, if the infection persists, you may need to go to the hospital to receive antibiotics intravenously.
Protecting your kidneys from infection
There are a number of ways myeloma can affect your kidneys. Kidney problems can be caused by the myeloma itself and/or by the drugs used to treat it.
Drinking at least two litres of water each day is a good way to help protect your kidneys. If you find that difficult to do, try to drink small quantities of water at frequent intervals throughout the day, so it becomes a habit.
You should also avoid taking very large doses of vitamin C (ie, more than 500 mg per day). This adds acidity to your urine and could potentially damage your kidneys.