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Bone Marrow Cancer Multiple Myeloma
Labs, xrays: There are a series of blood and urine tests that will give the doctor a good idea if you have the disease. These are usually followed by x-rays looking for tell-tale signs of myeloma and a bone marrow test which would identify the cancer cells themselves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
When a pet scan is done for multiple myeloma, is it to look at the solid lesions or a full body scan to look at bone marrow?
Both: A pet/ct scan looks at all parts of the body, from the skull top the feet, if appropriate. If there is abnormally increased (or decreased) glucose metabolism, it will be seen - in bone marrow or lymph nodes, lungs or solid organs. For multiple myeloma, since bone lesions are more likely, even more attention is paid to the bones and marrow. But, the rest of the body is also examined carefully. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can there be different opinion on beta 2
microglobulin and bone marrow biopsy regarding detection on multiple myeloma?
Beta 2 Microglobulin: Is a way of following myeloma response to therapy. The problem is that it can be elevated in other conditions- including benign ones. I've seen it very high in patients with kidney dysfunction. So the leel could be different than the bone marrow, which is the only real way to prove multiple myeloma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
NCI Study...: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can multiple myeloma be seen on a CT scan? The tumor/lesion part, and/or the bone marrow involvement, or both or neither? Injected 350 contrast.
Yes but not always: Xray, ct and MRI can be used to show bone destructions from multiple myeloma, but not always. Sometimes the disease is not severe enough & the bone destruction is not great enough to be perceptible. When enough disease is present, what can be seen is an area of loss of bone tissue, referred to as a lytic bone lesion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had a thoracic MRI for 9 mo history of rt upper abd pain, rt flank pain, said bone marrow intensity was normal. Does that totally rule out multiple myeloma?
My friend HS phyllodes.Tumor ws removd. Tissue around negative. Sd breast b moved?She hd multiple myeloma & bone marow transplnt. In remission now. Tx
Depends: Phyllodes breast tumors are rare and most are benign. It depends on the final pathology findings. Benign tumors only need removal with clear margins. Cancerous phyllodes tumors may need mastectomy. See this site: http://m.Cancer.Org/healthy/findcancerearly/womenshealth/non-cancerousbreastconditions/non-cancerous-breast-conditions-phyllodes-tumors. ...Read more
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
Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the interior of bones. In humans, red blood cells are produced in the heads of long bones, in a process known as hematopoesis. On average, bone marrow constitutes 4% of the total body mass of humans; in an adult weighing 65 kilograms (140 lb), bone marrow accounts for approximately ...Read more
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