How is amyloidosis treated?
When deciding which treatment to implement, it is crucial to know the exact diagnosis. AL amyloidosis can be treated with chemotherapy, whereas this would have no effect on ATTR amyloidosis.
For all patients, the supporting treatment is essential and must be carefully customized for each patient. There is a number of medications that should be avoided for amyloidosis patients, as they can worsen the condition.
Careful adjustment of the treatment requires expert knowledge and often participation of doctors from multiple specialties during the planning phase. It is often necessary with frequent consultations, for certain periods, to fine-tune the treatment.
Many new medications are being developed and tested for the different types of amyloidosis. Promisingly, new medication is being tested, which is to attempt to actively dissolve the amyloid accumulation, achieving improved organ function.
In the case of AL amyloidosis, the treatment for the triggering plasma cell illness in the bone marrow has improved greatly in recent years, and the prognosis for AL amyloidosis patients is much improved. The earlier commencement of treatment, the better.