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Multiple Myeloma Vs Multiple Sclerosis
No: They are two completely different diseases.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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:.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
"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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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/NCT00582621See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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