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What Is Nonsecretory Myeloma
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
Bone marrow disease: Myeloma is a malignant disorder characterized by excessive growth of plasma cells. It can several complications: excess levels of calcium in the blood, kidney failure, nerve damage, weakening of the bones, increased risk of infections (to name a few). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only if fracture +: Not everybody who has myeloma will have fracture when diagnosed. Yes, myeloma will involve the bone and there would be increased risk for fracture- however- just because one has myeloma-it does not mean that it is identical to pain unless you have fracture. And if you do-it depends on your tolerance to pain and how severe the fracture is. Pain is very subjective. Discuss with oncologist. ...Read more
Myeloma: Myeloma is cancer of the plasma cells.It is diagnosed through series of blood works, imaging like skeletal bone survey or MRI or pet scan, and a bone marrow biopsy. Signs and symptoms may include anemia ( fatigue, lack of energy etc) , increased serum calcium ( can be presented with confusion, dehydration, increase urination etc), kidney failure (declining renal function), bony pain, fracture, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Plasma cell & other: People who have diagnosis of plasma cell disorders- called mgus ( monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance) would be the one who is at risk for multiple myeloma. Other potential risk factors - include older age, male ( hormone related?), black/african american, exposures to radiation, benzene, and other organic solvents, herbicides, and insecticides and other unknown risk factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: The United States government believes there is an association between agent orange that was used in vietnam and a variety of cancers including multiple myeloma. Although there is no conclusive proof of causation there are benefits for veterans exposed to agent orange who develop multiple myeloma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
ISS - Greipp et al.: International staging system -- the international staging system (iss) for myeloma was published by the intl myeloma working group in 2005: it is useful for comparing clinical trial , but has limited utility for each individual. Stage i: ?2-microglobulin (?2m) < 3.5 mg/l, Albumin >= 3.5 g/dl stage ii: ?2m < 3.5 & Albumin < 3.5 ; or ?2m 3.5- 5.5 irrespective of serum albumin stage iii: ?2m >= 5.5. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medical Oncologist: She would need to see a medical oncologist or hematologist-oncologist, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of blood cancers. ...Read more
"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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