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What is Myeloma?

In these pages learn more about myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. What is myeloma? How is it treated? Read about its risk factors, diagnosis, tests and treatment options.

What is Myeloma?
Myeloma is a blood cancer that involves the over- production of plasma cells, the antibody producing cells that develop from B-lymphocytes in the bone marrow. Myeloma is also called multiple myeloma or plasma cell myeloma. Learn all about this condition, including signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment and more.

Myeloma Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of myeloma are related to the effects from over- production of plasma cells in the bone marrow crowding out other types of cell production, bone damage from myeloma cell invasion, and increased immunoglobulin proteins accumulating throughout the body.

Types of Myeloma
Myeloma is a blood cancer that involves the over- production of plasma cells, the antibody producing cells that develop from B-lymphocytes in the bone marrow. Myeloma is also called multiple myeloma or plasma cell myeloma. Learn all about the different types of myeloma in this easy to understand article.

Myeloma Risk Factors
Myeloma is a blood cancer that involves the over- production of plasma cells, the antibody producing cells that develop from B-lymphocytes in the bone marrow. Myeloma is also called multiple myeloma or plasma cell myeloma. Learn all about this condition, including signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment and more.

Myeloma Treatment
Myeloma is a blood cancer that involves the over- production of plasma cells, the antibody producing cells that develop from B-lymphocytes in the bone marrow. Myeloma is also called multiple myeloma or plasma cell myeloma. Learn all about how doctors treat this condition including chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant as well as "watch and wait" approaches.

What are Bisphosphonates?
The majority of patients with myeloma will experience bone breakdown and damage as a result of their condition. Learn about bisphosphonates and how they can help reduce and prevent this painful side effect.

What is Nonsecretory Myeloma?
About 1- 5% of myeloma cases do not produce the hallmark "m- protein." Learn about consecratory myeloma and how it is different than classic myeloma.

Is There an Increased Rate of Myeloma in 9/ 11 Responders?
Years after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers, researchers are still trying to determine if there is an increased rate of myeloma in 9/11 responders. Learn about the incidence of myeloma in Ground Zero workers, and why there are still no concrete answers.

Understanding Myeloma Lab Tests
In multiple myeloma, lab tests may be required to diagnose the disease, monitor its progression, or determine the effectiveness of treatment. Learn more about myeloma tests, what they are and why they are done.

What is Myeloma Video
Dr. Morie Gertz of Mayo Clinic explains myeloma in this video from International Myeloma Foundation.

Multiple Myeloma Statistics
Multiple myeloma statistics

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