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is myeloma a terminal illness

A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Imaging would not rule out hematologists malignancies. In the right clinical context, diagnosis may include specialized blood and bone marrow studies.

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience in Medical Oncology
Yes: There are not a lot of people because this disease hits those over 60 more often but we have had patients in their 20's with multiple myeloma, a very ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience in Medical Oncology
It is possible: Some forms of myeloma secrete a protein called a light chain that can invade organs like the heard or liver and cause it to function poorly. Most of t ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Chemotherapy can do : If he is still taking his chemotherapy drugs they are prone to cause low hemoglobin and low counts and infections causing fever. If he is not taking c ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience in Surgical Oncology
Cancer: multiple myeloma is a malignacy of the plasma cells of the marrow. It presents with bone pain and lytic lesions usually diffusely invoving the spine. ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Does not add up: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience in Pathology
Light chains: Light chains (kappa and lambda) are a part of the immunoglobulin molecues the body makes. A given plasma cell only makes one type of light chain, most ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Electrophoresis and: Free serum light chain tests. Multiple myeloma is generally diagnosed by electrophoresis of serum, urine and free serum light chain test. X-rays of ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience in Medical Oncology
Not really: There have been associations with certain dyes and herbicides but no strong associations other than exposure to high doses of radiation.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
ISS - Greipp et al.: International staging system -- the international staging system (iss) for myeloma was published by the intl myeloma working group in 2005: it is usef ... Read More
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