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My father died about 5 years ago from multiple myeloma. i was the bone marrow donor for his transplant. i am an only child and am wondering about my risk factor for myeloma, especially since my marrow was considered a good match.

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Dr. Michael Thompson answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Sorry to hear about your dad.Being a donor doesn't change your risk. Multiple myeloma is not classically thought of as a familial/inherited cancer. However, the risk of a hematologic malignancy (mm, lymphoma, leukemia) in family members is thought to be about two times higher.

Answered Jul 21, 2011

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Dr. Michael Thompson answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

An nci study is looking at characterizing families that may be at higher risk to identify causes: screening individuals and families at high risk for hematologic cancers nct00052234 http://clinicaltrials.Gov/ct2/show/nct00052234?Term=nct00052234&rank=1.

Answered Jul 20, 2017

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