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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. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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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 are some of the tests for Multiple myeloma?

The tests for Multiple myeloma include:: Albumin, Basic metabolic panel, Bone marrow biopsy, Complete blood count, Ionized calcium, Lactate dehydrogenase, MRI, Skeletal survey, C reactive protein, Protein electrophoresis, 24 hour urine protein electrophoresis, Free kappa lambda light chains, Beta 2 microglobulin. ...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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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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What are some homeopathic remedies for multiple myeloma?

None specific for MM: For multiple myeloma, you need to work with a hematologist-oncologist. Homeopathy is a whole different way of addressing imbalance ; helps @ deeper level. You'll need an experienced homeopathic doctor who's also able to communicate clearly with your other physicians. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed for the specific individual rather than the pathologic diagnosis -- 3000-4000 are possible. ...Read more

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In what way is the liver is affected by multiple myeloma?

In what way is the liver is affected by multiple myeloma?

Usually not: The liver is not usually affected by myeloma however clusters of myeloma cells can rarely deposit in the liver. These are called plasmacytomas. ...Read more

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My father was just diagnosed with multiple myeloma. What is this?

Plasma cell cancer: From the National Cancer Institute --> What You Need To Know Aboutâ„¢ - What is Multiple #Myeloma - via @theNCI http://ow. Ly/o7CJR #mmsm and Snapshot: http://ow. Ly/ungNs ...Read more

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My father was just diagnosed with multiple myeloma what can I do?

Myeloma specialist: There are many treatment options for multiple myeloma. You should get your father to an oncologist who specializes in multiple myeloma. There are a few good websites with information about myeloma. Try the multiple myeloma research foundation, and the International myeloma foundation or the leukemia and lymphoma society. ...Read more

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What is non-igm myeloma? Isn't it different from multiple myeloma?

The myeloma: Family is a proliferation of plasma cells, which produce antibodies or immunoglobulins. Igm is ass. Ociated with waldenstrom macro globulin, igg is the most familiar, but there is also iga, these further produce subunits, kappa and lambda chains. The abnormal clone usually is a xerox machine gone bad producing a copy of one of these chains. Myeloma causes problems by these cells destroying bone. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of people with multiple myeloma and lcdd?

Depends on heart: The light chain deposition disease is unlikely to affect survival. In fact a review of myeloma and kidney failure published last year demonstrated no change in outcome in myeloma patients with or without kidney failure. The biggest predictor of outcome is response to chemotherapy. Velcade (bortezomib) (new chemo) has been a game changer. In addition, patients with cardiac involvement do very poorly. ...Read more

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What is the significance of low Igm levels in smoldering Multiple Myeloma?

Depends: If you have M protein from another class of immunoglobulin, then the cells producing this M protein would crowd out the other immunoglobulin producing cells in the bone marrow leading to a lower level of what that cell would ordinarily produce. Some Multiple myeloma cases are of no medical significance but needs to be followed. Many myeloma patients are prone to bacterial infections. ...Read more

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What is the significance of a low Igm level in smoldering multiple myeloma?

Part of the disease: Whenever you have smoldering myeloma of certain type, say IgG for example, the other antibody types like IgM and IgA are often decreased. It is just part of the disease process to see a paradoxical lower of other antibody types that are not involved in smoldering myeloma. ...Read more

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I have an xray and am trying to determine if it looks like multiple myeloma?

Stop doing this: You're 31 years old and too young to have myeloma. You're going to see the points where vessels enter the bone and think they're the punched-out lesions. They aren't. If you are concerned that you have myeloma, get a serum and urine protein electrophoresis. If normal, your symptoms have some other cause. Don't do this to yourself. ...Read more

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My mom is being tested for multiple myeloma. What are symptoms and proceudres?

My mom is being tested for multiple myeloma. What are symptoms and proceudres?

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. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are the major downsides of multiple myeloma cancer?

Myeloma can: Produce quite a few issues. Anemia and bone pain are the most common. Patients are also at risk for kidney problems, elevated calcium levels, fractures and infection. ...Read more

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Has anyone suffering from multiple myeloma been pregnant while living with this disease?

Yes: We evaluated this recently for a patient & there have been about a dozen case reports with women diagnosed during pregnancy and also getting pregnant & delivering safely after diagnosis. Definitely rare & hi risk necessitating long discussions with hematologist & ob. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis (chance of recovery) for multiple myeloma and other plasma cell cancer types?

What is the prognosis (chance of recovery) for multiple myeloma and other plasma cell cancer types?

Better than before: Most patients can now achieve remission either with standard therapy or stem cell transplant. The remissions can be long lived although patients are not cured. Many live a decade or more with good quality of life and this time line continues to get longer with the new targeted therapies. The average life span used to be 2.5 years. ...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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Y total portin 8.2 normal to 8.3 albumin 3.8 and normal to 4.8 mean globulin is high could it be to multiple myeloma?

Not necessarily: In most cases of elevated globulin, no multiple myeloma is present. Globulin elevation is often non-specific and can be present in cases of inflammation such as colds, infections, etc. To rule in multiple myeloma, there must be certain globulin fractions present. Electrophoresis of the blood and/or urine will be able to determine that. ...Read more

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Mytotal portin 8.2 normal to 8.3albumin3.8and normal to 4.8 mean globulin is 4.4 could it be to multiple myeloma? Tot ca is 9.2, ion ca is 1.15 ESR 12

Mytotal portin 8.2 normal to 8.3albumin3.8and normal to 4.8 mean globulin is 4.4 could it be to multiple myeloma? Tot ca is 9.2, ion ca is 1.15 ESR 12

No reason: Myeloma is a disease of older patients that causes bone problems, anemia, kidney disease and high calcium. Those few blood tests look ok, including the calcium, so I don't know why you are thinking about myeloma. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the year 2013 after VCD is on scr since Dec 2013. Taking Thalidomide 50 for the last three yrs. Whether to continue?

Ask your doctor advi: Your treating doctor would have an opinion about this question. If you have any side effects from Thalidomide, you can take a break (Drug Holiday) for a few months. Another (sister) drug is more commonly used for maintenance therapy these days, instead of Thalidomide). it is called Revlimid or Lenalidomide. It is less toxic and more active. Discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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