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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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. ...Read more

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How does multiple myeloma affect lung?

I am not: Aware of any direct lung issue. Mm patients are at increased risk of infection, and pneumonia is common. Some drugs can also lead to lung complications. ...Read more

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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:. ...Read more

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How common is multiple myeloma?

How common is multiple myeloma?

Uncommon: Approximately 1% of all cancers and slightly more than 10 % of blood cancers in the United States. ...Read more

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What other tests for multiple myeloma?

What other tests for multiple myeloma?

Blood/Urine/Imaging: Usually workup involves blood and urine tests (spep / upep - serum and urine protein electrophoresis). The preferred initial imaging study is the skeletal survey (x-ray of multiple sites of the body including skull, axial skeleton, and proximal long bones). Bony lesions are usually lytic. ...Read more

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What is Multiple myeloma a risk factor for?

What is Multiple myeloma a risk factor for?

Multiple issues: It can lead to anemia, increased calcium, renal failure, bone pain and fractures to name a few ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: multiple myeloma?

Plasma cell cancer: Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells (pcs). Pcs are the specialized b lymphocytes that produce antibodies. When there is a cancer or one (mono-) clone (= monoclonal, m) pc population they can product m-proteins. Symptoms include crab - hypercalcemia, renal (kidney) insufficiency, anemia, bone disease; also infection and pain. More: http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/multiple-myeloma. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the signs of smoulding multiple myeloma?

None: If truly smoldering myeloma, there are no signs. If there are symptoms, then it may be myeloma. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of multiple myeloma in terms of survival rates by stage?

See below: Treatment for multiple myeloma has improved markedly and drug treatment alone or drug treatment with auto or donor stem cell transplants can produce decades long remissions. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/multiple-myeloma/basics/definition/con-20026607 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of smoulding multiple myeloma?

Asymptomatic: Smoldering myeloma is a stage of Myeloma before patients become symptomatic. So it is discovered on routine checking of blood proteins or show up in a serum protein electrophoresis (SEP). Many of these patients develop symptoms within one or two years and the symptoms are bone/back pain or a broken bone due to myeloma. ...Read more

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Can you have a predisposition to multiple myeloma or lymphoma?

Yes - RR 2.0 to 4.0: Relative risk (rr) incr mgus 2.8, myeloma 2.9, lpl/wm 4.0, cll 2.0. From landgren et al. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/19182202 the myeloma cytogenetics are reviewed in greenberg et al. May 2013 -- http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/23647020. ...Read more

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I have smouldering multiple myeloma. Just bought neoprene dumbbells; should I be returning them?

Unrelated: Hi. Why would you return neoprene dumbbells because of having multiple myeloma? I must be missing your point. Use the dumbbells! Unless you're ready to give up and check out now. Again, I'm sorry, but I think there's a point you're trying to make that I'm missing. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is multiple myeloma genetic?

Is multiple myeloma genetic?

Yes/No: In a sense all cancer is "genetic" involving changes to the DNA or epi-genetic - changes to DNA modifiers such as methylation. A related question is is multiple myeloma inherited. The answer is sometimes. The risk is about double with a family history. Here is one clinical trial studying this: https://clinicaltrials. Gov/ct2/show/NCT00582621 ...Read more

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Can multiple myeloma affect the liver?

Can multiple myeloma affect the liver?

Yes. Not common.: Yes. Multiple myeloma can effect any organ. However, liver involvement is not common. Myeloma generally involves the bones predominantly; however there are reports of nearly every organ being involved in including the brain. Liver involvement by any cancer can make some types of chemotherapy (that is processed by the liver) more difficult to give. ...Read more

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Can nephrotic syndrome be caused by multiple myeloma?

Can nephrotic syndrome be caused by multiple myeloma?

Yes: This can happen but usually myeloma causes a decrease in the kidney function. Some patients with myeloma can also have a protein deposited in the kidney (amyloidosis) that can lead to nephrotic syndrome. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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