Myeloma

Gareth Morgan, M.D.Gareth Morgan, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the UAMS Myeloma Insititute

Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that affects the plasma cells. Nationwide, the median survival rate of patients with multiple myeloma is only about four years. But at our UAMS Myeloma Institute the survival rate is closer to eight or nine years, and many patients treated at our institute are considered cured. Five-year survival rates at the Myeloma Institute are greater than 65% — nearly twice the average of any other treatment facility.

The UAMS Myeloma Institute is one of the largest centers in the world for research and clinical care related to myeloma and related disorders. Our success in treating multiple myeloma patients is based on the findings of our research program.

Many breakthroughs in effective therapies have been accomplished at our institute. We were the first to:

  • Use tandem bone marrow/peripheral blood stem cell transplants
  • Perform transplants on an outpatient basis
  • Safely transplant patients age 70 and above
  • Introduce thalidomide as anti-angiogenesis therapy
  • Identify myeloma subtypes based on gene expression profiling
  • Design treatment regimens specific to disease subtype

UAMS offers comfort to patients through the personalized treatment plans provided by our caring and compassionate health care team.

Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer, but it is not a common cancer. This type of cancer is predominately found in older people; more than 80% of people with myeloma are 60 years old or older. Some of the symptoms of myeloma are:

  • Bone pain
  • Infection (common infections like pneumonia)
  • Renal failure
  • Anemia
  • Neurological symptoms (common problems are weakness, confusion and fatigue)

The UAMS Myeloma Institute sees more patients with myeloma and related diseases per year than any other institution in the world. On any given day, there are more than 200 myeloma patients staying in Little Rock for diagnosis and treatment. UAMS can offer hope to you and your family as you deal with a disease that is challenging to treat.

Learn more about the UAMS Myeloma Institute

To make an appointment, contact the Myeloma Institute:

Local: 501-686-7105
Toll Free: 1-888-MYELOMA