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my mom is being tested for multiple myeloma. what are symptoms and proceudres?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Infections bone pain: Common tests include blood tests (blood count, protein electrophoresis), urine proteinevaluation, x-rays, MRI scans and a bone marrow biopsy. Symptoms inlude fatigue, low blood counts, infections, bone pain.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
MM, sxs and diagnose: Symptoms may include fatigue, lack of energy, bony pain, easy bruisng ( if platelet is low). Work up will include- blood works, imaging studies that include whole body x-ray, or MRI of spine. A bone marrow biopsy needs to be done to make a diagnosis.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is renal failure in myeloma patients?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
30% dx; 50% life: Around 30% at diagnosis and about 50% throughout disease course. However, this may be less given newer anti-myeloma agents (?).
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
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Of note renal failure can be "reversed" if found early and treated with newer agents, especially bortezomib (Velcade).
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A 21-year-old member asked:

If I need treatment now, what are my options for multiple myeloma and how successful are they likely to be?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
It depends...: Treatment options for mm are plentiful and are dependent on: patient characteristics (age, comorbidities -- diabetes, neuropathy, cv disease, etc), mm cytogenetics (risk), disease burden, etc. Treatment options need to be customized to the individual patient -- more so than in the past because of rapid developments in mm. That is good news.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for multiple myeloma?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Maybe: Conventionally we call myeloma an incurable cancer. However we are seeing survival rates increasing. Now pts out 10 years are not that uncommon (ash 2009 - curability of multiple myeloma - delasalle et al.) "conclusions: assuming that prolonged cr for more than 10 years translates into potential cure, we calculated a "cure fraction" of 2% for patients treated between 1987 -1997.".
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the life expectancy of people with multiple myeloma?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Improving: The historical (eg iss-based) myeloma life expectancies quoted are old news. Myeloma treatments are rapidly improving. It is still a bad disease that people die from too early, but we are getting better. That is a somewhat evasive, but true answer. The ceo of the mmrf (who has mm) is ~14 yrs out from diagnosis. http://www.themmrf.org/about-the-mmrf/leadership/executive-committee.html.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Which groups are most frequently affected by multiple myeloma?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Family, blacks: Old report (2003): myeloma and race: a review of the literature. Benjamin m, reddy s, brawley ow. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12716040 "... Increased myeloma morbidity and mortality in blacks..." see also: familial monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, multiple myeloma, and other cancers (k. Anderson) http://www.Hematology.Org/publications/hematologist/2009/4422.Aspx.

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