Vitamin D Deficiencies Can Impact Myeloma Outcomes

A lack of vitamin D can have major impacts on myeloma treatment outomes.

Most people do not think about their vitamin D intake, but Chloe Spear, BSN, RN, OCN, knows that it is important — especially for patients with myeloma.

Spear, clinical specialty coordinator in the Myeloma Program at Mount Sinai, conducted a study examining the effects that a vitamin D deficiency can have on outcomes for patients with myeloma. She hopes to turn her findings — that patients with deficiencies have poorer prognoses – into a standard-of-care for treating patients who come into the clinic with vitamin D deficiencies. Intervention would be fairly simple and straightforward: prescribing patients with oral vitamin D supplements to take daily.