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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Leaving & Returning to Work & School

At some point following a diagnosis, it’s not uncommon for people living with myeloma, and their caregivers, to take time off of work or school. The amount of time you can take off will depend on your specific situation – so before doing anything, it’s important to ask questions and weigh all your options and then decide what’s right for you.

Here are some important considerations:

  • Start date of your treatment and length of each treatment;
  • Number of cycles for a full treatment regimen;
  • Frequency of travel for treatment/testing/monitoring;
  • Periods of recuperation (e.g., following a stem cell transplant) and/or additional therapies;
  • Common side effects of treatment and their impact on daily activities, work and/or school;
  • Workplace/school risks (e.g., risk of infection, physical labour).

Once you have a better idea of when you’ll be returning, be sure to notify your employer, union or school in advance, in writing. Workplaces and schools can often slowly ease you back into, or modify, your duties.

See how you can plan your leave or return here