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Which groups are most frequently affected by multiple myeloma?

Which groups are most frequently affected by multiple myeloma?

Blacks in US: Twice the incidence in african americans than caucasians. Some families have a higher incidence.

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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How will my doctor know if I have 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.

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Lenalidomide is one of the earliest drug to cure multiple myeloma, is this true?

Not true: lenalidomide is one of agents /treatments we use to treat multiple myeloma. combining with other agents, it has demonstrated response and survival, however, unfortunately we still are unable to cure mutliple myeloma at this time. pomalidomide is newer line of lenalidomide.

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My partner has just been diagnosed with asymptomatic multiple myeloma what does that mean and how dangerous is it. How long does it take to progress.

Multiple Myeloma: I am sorry to hear this. This site will likely answer many of your questions: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/multiple-myeloma/ds00415.

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With multiple myeloma, how long will it take chemo to get rid of a tumor the size of a "golf ball".

With multiple myeloma, how long will it take chemo to get rid of a tumor the size of a "golf ball".

Regimen dependant: Depends upon the regimen chosen by your oncologist. Recent responses from chemotherapy have been excellent with the newer agents. Golf ball sized tumors if responsive to therapy have shrunk as soon as 1-2 months on therapy. What also is very important is how long we can achieve remission and keep the disease under control. Good luck.

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Is it necessary to take dexa along with Velcade (bortezomib) same day for multiple myeloma patient of 80 yrs as acute diarrhea is encountered after every dose?

Is it necessary to take dexa  along with Velcade (bortezomib) same day for multiple myeloma patient of 80 yrs as acute diarrhea is encountered after every dose?

See below: Velcade may produce diarrhea, but DEX usually not. Velcade and DEX have been given same day only for the convenience, and I see no reason to try to give them on separate days. Alternatively, one can reduce the dose of Velcade or try anti-diarrhea agent prophylactively, such as imodium (loperamide). Diarrhea needs to be treated with antidiarrhea agents and electrolytes monitoring.

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How much time a person can live with plasmacytoma if there is no multiple myeloma?

How much time a person can live with plasmacytoma if there is no multiple myeloma?

Curable: More than half of those with plasmacyoma will progress to multiple myeloma. However, plasmacytoma can be cured with local treatment, and again not all plasmacytoma progresses to multiple myeloma.

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M57, which is the simple cheapest test for ruling out multiple myeloma first hand when person is in doubt like having pain mild pain in bones. Thanks?

M57, which is the simple cheapest test for ruling out multiple myeloma first hand when person is in doubt like having pain mild pain in bones. Thanks?

Good but tough: Question. To rule in the diagnosis need a bone marrow aspiration and sophisticated protein testing of blood and urine. None of those are cheap. A more cost effective approach eliminating tests would only "partially" rule out the diagnosis of mm ie something could be missed.

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Pl suggest any alternative remedy/ies for multiple myeloma I am 48 yer old and no m band seen at this moment after 6 months of chemo?

Pl suggest any alternative remedy/ies for multiple myeloma  I am 48 yer old and  no m band seen at this moment after 6 months of chemo?

Homeopathy, herbs ;: There are no proven alternatives for multiple myeloma but that does not mean they may not help; but i would continue standard treatments too. A healthy diet, tonifying herbs, reducing body burden of heavy metals ; other environmental toxins, stress reduction ; working to clear unresolved anger/grief etc. Can only help. I also advise classical homeopathy with a good homeopath. See comments for more:.

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What are the common symptoms of smoldering multiple myeloma?

None: No symptoms by definition. Smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) is asymptomatic. If it is "symptomatic" then it is (symptomatic) multiple myeloma (MM). A new International Myeloma Working Group definition of SMM and MM was just published...http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(14)70442-5/abstract Ultra high risk SMM is now called MM. The trial E3A06 looks at SMM.

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Which groups are most frequently affected by multiple myeloma?

Blacks in US: Twice the incidence in african americans than caucasians. Some families have a higher incidence.

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How can the presence of multiple myeloma be recognized in teenagers?

How can the presence of multiple myeloma be recognized in teenagers?

Disease of adults: Multiple myeloma is not a very common disease. It accounts for approximately 1% of all cancers multiple myeloma is a disease of older adults. The median age at diagnosis is 66 years; only 10 and 2 % of patients are younger than 50 and 40 years, respectively. It is not a disease of teenager.

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Is there a cure for multiple myeloma?

No: However, remission is possible in many cases and many patients can live fairly normal lives for quite some time with the many new advances in this disease.

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Is multiple myeloma is still not curable?

Not curable: There are many treatments for multiple myeloma and the survival of patients with myeloma is much better than 10 years ago. But we still do not consider this a curable disease.

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How does multiple myeloma affect the kidney?

How does multiple myeloma affect the kidney?

Nephropathy: Myeloma produces proteins called light chains which can essentially "clog up" the kidney producing myeloma nephropathy. Myeloma also produces humoral substances which can damage the kidney.

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How long do patients live with multiple myeloma?

How long do patients live with multiple myeloma?

Depends: Myeloma has a variable natural history. Many patients have had myeloma for years prior to diagnosis without realizing it, while others are diagnosed by screening for monoclonal protein in the blood. Modern hematologists can use advanced treatments like velcade, revlimid, (lenalidomide) thalomid, and stem cell transplant, allowing myeloma patients to live longer than ever. More info: http://bit.Ly/lrzotm.

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Multiple Myeloma (Definition)

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