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Dr. James Chapman
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Kahler Disease (Definition)

I had not heard of "kahler's disease" until seeing multiple questions on healthtap. It is multiple myeloma (mm). "multiple" is from the often seen "multiple" bone lesions (especially in advanced disease). Mm is a cancer of plasma cells [highly specialized b white blood cells (lymphocytes)] that produce antibodies. Sx are crab: hypercalcemia, renal insufficency, anemia, ...Read more


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What are your treatment options for multiple myeloma?

Many: There are many options. One source of updated, risk-stratified treatment are the Mayo Clinic Stratification for Myeloma And Risk-adapted Therapy (mSMART) guidelines: http://www.msmart.org/msmart_mar09_002.htm Treatment depends on disease (MM) and host (patient) characteristics as well as the goals of therapy. ...Read more

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Are there any cure or treatments for amyloid/multiple myeloma?

Treatable, incurable: Amyloid/multiple myeloma in general are still incurable diseases. It is treatable and there are many different treatment available for amyloid/multiple myeloma which can prolonged survival. Please discuss further with your oncologist re- treatment options for you. See more at : www.Cancer.Gov or www.Cancer.Net or www.Nccn.Com. ...Read more

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How does anti dkk1 treatments work on multiple myeloma patients?

In research: This antibody can change the activity of bone cells that are affected by myeloma cells. It is in early clinical trials and I am not sure how long it will take for larger trials to take place. ...Read more

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Has tinospora ever been used to treat multiple myeloma or be used at the same time as other multiple myeloma treatment?

Maybe no data?: Never heard of tinospora until your question. I saw a scattering of mentions on an internet search, but no real data. A recent august 2011 review on tinospora in various conditions (not myeloma) is here: http://www.Lahey.Org/departments_and_locations/departments/cancer_center/ebsco_content/multiple_myeloma.Aspx?Chunkiid=111811. ...Read more

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

It depends...: An international team has put together guidelines on when patients with myeloma should be treated. Your cancer doctor should be aware of them. There are many things now which can predict how well you will do with treatment and what type of treatment you should have. Patients live much longer with this disease than a decade ago..Some over 20 years making this a chronic illness in many ways. ...Read more

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What types of treatment exist for multiple myeloma and other plasma cell cancer types?

What types of treatment exist for multiple myeloma and other plasma cell cancer types?

"Many": Myeloma and other plasma cell dyscrasia treatments has evolved from standard cytotoxic approaches (eg mp, vad, hypercvad) to "novel" therapies. Immunomodulatory drugs (imids) - eg thalidomide, lenalolidomide, pomalidomide proteasome inhibitors - eg, bortezomib, carfilzomib, etc other: hsp90 inhibitors, hdaci, b-raf, etc. Over the last few years multiple new drugs have been approved for myeloma. ...Read more

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Do I need to begin treatment immediately or are you going to monitor my multiple myeloma for now? Why?

Do I need to begin treatment immediately or are you going to monitor my multiple myeloma for now? Why?

It depends: Standard of care for mgus is observation. Standard of care for smoldering/asymptomatic (no crab sx) mm is observation. Ecog e3a06 is evaluting Lenalidomide vs. Observation in smm. The reason to treat symptomatic mm include: improve survival, reduce bone fractures, reduce infections, improve blood counts, etc. The intensity and type of treatment are highly variable and actively evolving... ...Read more

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What are the side-effects of velcade (bortezomib) in the treatment of multiple myeloma?

Minimal: It us a fairly well tolerated drug. Its main side effect is neuropathy which can menifest as tingling, numbness of the toes and fingers and lead to weakness in the hands if the drug is continued for long time. But it does recover after stopping or change over to once weekly use. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Multiple Myeloma (Definition)

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, which are responsible for producing antibodies for your body. Symptoms include kidney insufficiency, anemia, bone ...Read more