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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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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Help please? I want to know what are the major downsides of multiple myeloma cancer?

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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Doctors, what are the major downsides of multiple myeloma cancer?

Bone pain possible: Multiple myeloma is a malignant proliferation of plasma cells. This is a serious disease that can be fatal without treatment. Some symptoms include possible recurrent infections, bone pain, poor circulation, and kidney impairment. If you are concerned about myeloma please talk with your doctor. Use this link: http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/disorders/multiple_myeloma/bm_overview.Aspx. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has multiple myeloma cancer/last stage?

What do you suggest if my mom has multiple myeloma cancer/last stage?

Medical Oncologist: If she is in the end stage, hospice care would be a consideration in order to focus on quality of life. This could be facilitated by her oncologist. ...Read more

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My mom has multiple myeloma cancer/last stage. How long will she survive for?

My mom has multiple myeloma cancer/last stage. How long will she survive for?

Not enough info: 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 The International Staging System (ISS) stage 3 -- possibly your "last stage" you refer to is not necessarily helpful in treating or predicting outcomes of individual patients. More important are cytogenetics and FISH tests. ...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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What types of treatment exist for multiple myeloma and other plasma cell cancer types?

What types of treatment exist for multiple myeloma and other plasma cell cancer types?

"Many": Myeloma and other plasma cell dyscrasia treatments has evolved from standard cytotoxic approaches (eg mp, vad, hypercvad) to "novel" therapies. Immunomodulatory drugs (imids) - eg thalidomide, lenalolidomide, pomalidomide proteasome inhibitors - eg, bortezomib, carfilzomib, etc other: hsp90 inhibitors, hdaci, b-raf, etc. Over the last few years multiple new drugs have been approved for myeloma. ...Read more

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I'm looking at biologic to treat AS, but I saw warnings about "blood cancers." My mother died from multiple myeloma at 49 yrs. Reason for concern?

Worth the risk: Ankylosing spondylitis, right? It's well worth the risk. The link to leukemia and its family is weak, the disease you are treating is devastating, I am not aware of any link to myeloma and this doesn't run in families much anyway. Folks have looked at Etanercept and myeloma and the rate seems not increased. ...Read more

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Mom has liver cancer and now multiple myeloma? When can she be cured?

Mom has liver cancer and now multiple myeloma? When can she be cured?

Unfortunate: It is with regret that I have to state that neither liver cancer nor multiple myeloma are generally curable cancers. Liver and bone marrow transplants may offer hope if a person has only one. ...Read more

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What types of questions should I ask my doctor regarding treatment for multiple myeloma or other plasma cell cancer?

What types of questions should I ask my doctor regarding treatment for multiple myeloma or other plasma cell cancer?

1-2-3: Cancer 1-2-3: 1) diagnosis - myeloma vs. ? 2a) stage - iss (not that relevant for individual) 2b) prognostic factors - eg cytogenetics, pcli (if avail), gep (new), bone disease, etc. 3) treatment -- goals (response or quality or....) and options. Some regiments are easy eg rd which is good for a low burden mm disease and working pt vs. More complicated "induction" regimen for high risk/burden. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if multiple myeloma is a brain/bone cancer or a brain/bone disease?

Can you tell me if multiple myeloma is a brain/bone cancer or a brain/bone disease?

Cancer: multiple myeloma is a malignacy of the plasma cells of the marrow. It presents with bone pain and lytic lesions usually diffusely invoving the spine. It is very effectivey treated with newer chemotherapeutic agents. p ...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?

"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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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


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