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what do you suggest if my mom has plasmacytoma in upper tibia.we tested serum protin electrophoresis,bence-jones protine,cacium,esr.?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Seek Oncologist to t: She needs to be treated by an Oncologist. Treatment may be carried out with radiotherapy(if there is no other abnormality away from Tibia) or Chemotherapy if she has any indications of Myeloma cells outside the Tibia lesion. This is a critical decision to be made only by a specialist (Hematologist or Oncologist)

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