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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Rights and Responsibilities

As a patient, you have both rights and responsibilities when interacting with members of your healthcare team. 

You have the right...

  • To be treated with respect and courtesy.
  • To be your own advocate, or to bring an advocate with you. 
  • To be kept fully informed, and to have things explained to you in language you can understand. 
  • To be informed of all possible treatment options available at your centre or at other facilities, including clinical trials. 
  • To be allowed, and even helped, to obtain a second opinion if you want. 
  • To be given the opportunity to participate in treatment decision making, including the right to refuse any treatment you do not want. 
  • To receive copies of your records, such as lab results, X-rays, and test results, at a reasonable cost (e.g., the cost of copying), at your request. 

It is your responsibility...

  • To be completely truthful and forthcoming, without withholding any information. 
  • To speak up if you aren’t happy or don’t understand. (It helps to be tactful when doing so.) 
  • To try to learn about your condition and treatments, so you can participate in decision making. 
  • To comply with any mutually agreed-upon treatment plan. 
  • To treat the members of your healthcare team with respect and courtesy.