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Doctor insights on: Multiple Myeloma Cancer

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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?

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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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)

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