Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a rare cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Because it is a cancer of the blood, the impact can be widespread, with the potential to affect the immune system, kidneys, bones, and other types of blood cell production, such as red blood cells and platelets.

Symptoms of multiple myeloma may include: bone pain, especially in the spine or chest; nausea; constipation; loss of appetite; mental fogginess or confusion; fatigue; frequent infections; weakness or numbness in the legs; or excessive thirst.

Patients with multiple myeloma may undergo a bone marrow transplant followed by a combination of immunotherapy, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Doctors in the GW Cancer Center’s Malignant Hematology Program will decide the best course of action based on each individual case.

GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program

The GW Cancer Center offers a comprehensive program for treatment of people with multiple myeloma. It is the first and only program of its kind in the D.C. metropolitan area, providing a true multi-disciplinary approach by an experienced team of healthcare providers. The team includes physicians specializing in hematology, hematopathology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nephrology, and orthopedics; as well as nurses, social workers, patient navigators, dieticians, and financial counselors. Imad Tabbara, MD is the Director of the GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program and he supervises all care provided to our patients.

GWCC Multiple Myeloma Patient Support Group

The GWCC Multiple Myeloma Patient Support Group is open to all patients with multiple myeloma, whether they are undergoing treatment at GWCC or elsewhere. Family members and caregivers are also welcome. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month to share support strategies. Speakers are often present at meetings to provide education on pertinent multiple myeloma topics. Dinner and parking are provided.

Fourth Thursday of each month, 5:30-6:30 PM
Medical Faculty Associates of George Washington University
Room 1-402
2150 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Contact: Alicia Gray, LGSW (202-677-6597)

Meet Our Team

Imad Tabbara, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Kathy Zimmerman, RN, MSN, OCN, Coordinator GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Alicia Gray, LGSW, Social Worker, GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Eva Ruiz, Patient Navigator, GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Jennifer Leon, RDN, LDN, Dietician, GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Nikki Danley, Financial Counselor, GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program