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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. James Lin
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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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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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Is multiple myeloma hereditary?

Rarely: There are a few families where it appears hereditary. Having said this, there are families where more than one individual has the disease and the thought is that this may be due to an environmental cause. ...Read more

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When was multiple myeloma discovered?

When was multiple myeloma discovered?

"Multiple Myeloma": just means multiple bone marrow tumors. A simple description like that does not take modern technology (though it would not be picked up early). Indeed, it has been known since ancient times. There have been a lot of discoveries along the way that explains what it is and how it arises. Here's an article on its history:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21509678 ...Read more

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Multiple myeloma & longevity if treated?

Multiple myeloma: Medial survival in myeloma many years ago was only 1-2 years. Nowadays, with many effective therapy such as lenalidomide, bortezomib, transplant -median survival has increased up to 7 years. Newer medications such as pomalidomide and cerfilzomib hopefully would be approved soon and more medication in pipelines are lining up - all of these would likely to increase the median survival longer. ...Read more

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Can anjeer be taken in multiple myeloma..

Anjeer in myeloma: Anjeer is another name for fig. As far as I am aware, you should be fine eating this. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms for multiple myeloma?

Many symptoms : There may be no symptoms in some people who are found to have myeloma on routine blood tests. Common symptoms include back pain, fatigue, bone fractures. Nausea and vomiting can occur related to kidney or electrolyte problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible for multiple myeloma to be treated and cured?

No: It does not appear that we have a reliable cure for multiple myeloma. We can control it for a long period of time, and we continue to better understand treatment options and make new discoveries. Hopefully the day will come when we can cure multiple myeloma as well as we cure some leukemias and lymphomas. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can a person take hydroxycut if one has multiple myeloma?

No: I would not recommend hydroxycut under any circumstances. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of people with multiple myeloma?

Much better now: With all the new targeted drugs for myeloma and several to come, patients live many more years. Some have said this cancer is now more like a chronic disease - still dangerous and needing treatment but it is characterized by longer periods of remission after treatment. Therefore a 65 or 75 year old person may have a normal life span with this disease now. ...Read more

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What is the primary cause of multiple myeloma? Is it stress?

What is the primary cause of multiple myeloma? Is it stress?

Nobody knows : Bottom line is that nobody knows for sure. No serious studies have correlated multiple myeloma and stress, so this would be an unlikely cause. Genetic abnormalities ate involved in causing this disease but is hard to figure out what is exactly causing such genetic abnormalities. Best wishes, ariel. ...Read more

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What's the life expectancy of someone with multiple myeloma?

Years: This really varies depending most importantly on the chromosome abnormalities. Patients with this diagnosis are living longer, whereas previously many died within 3 years, most are living much longer. ...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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How long are biphosphonates to be given for multiple myeloma?

Not clear: There is no correct answer for this. Many patients receiving bisphosphonates for active myeloma receive regular treatment for approximately 2 years . In some cases it may be given longer on a less frequent schedule. It may also be stopped or decreased in frequency if side effects develop. ...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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What percentage of patients with multiple myeloma will survive?

It depends: Survival in myeloma depends on a number of factors. First, is stage. Second is chromosomal abnormalities. Some have a good prognosis, others not so good. In general we think that myeloma is not usually curable with standard therapies, but survival is getting better with our newer agents, so that living 10 years is not unusual. Cure may be possible with allogeneic bone marrow transplant. ...Read more

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Whether it is always necessary to have BMT FOR multiple myeloma?

No: But it is one of the most effective therapies and for those who can get it , it is shown even in this era to add benefit to novel therapy. In USA we bank cells for two autos. ...Read more

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Are myelofibrosis and multiple myeloma are related to each other?

No: They are totally different diseases. Myeloma is a malignancy that develops in a type of blood cell called a plasma cell. Myelofibrosis is a disease of the bone marrow microenvironment. ...Read more

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In multiple myeloma does the absence of osseous lesions mean anything?

Yes it does: Smoldering myeloma or mgus can produce high levels of m- protein but that does not require treatment. If there no bone lesions, you do not meet the criteria for myeloma yet, so active treatment for myeloma is not indicated unless you have bone lesions or other signs and symptoms of myeloma, (often called 'crab' criteria for instituting treatment.). ...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


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more