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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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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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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Me 50 yrs was diagnosed with multiple myeloma about 2 yrs back.My father 80 yrs also diagnosed with same recently. Is MM hereditary or coincidence?

Both: Such conditions may be sporadic but genetic factors may well predispose some families to certain malignancies. An oncologist, having much more experience in multiple myeloma cases, is more qualified to answer this question,however. ...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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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Multiple Myeloma (Definition)

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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more