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What is multiple myeloma? A cancer?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Bone marrow cancer

It can cause anemia, bone lesions and kidney problems and is treated with chemotherapy.

In brief: Bone marrow cancer

It can cause anemia, bone lesions and kidney problems and is treated with chemotherapy.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: Yes

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone and bone marrow.
It is uncontrolled proliferation of plasma cells; cells that make antibodies. Ironically multiple myeloma results in immune deficiency. It also causes lytic bone lesions and fractures, increased blood calcium, renal failure, anemia and often results in death.

In brief: Yes

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone and bone marrow.
It is uncontrolled proliferation of plasma cells; cells that make antibodies. Ironically multiple myeloma results in immune deficiency. It also causes lytic bone lesions and fractures, increased blood calcium, renal failure, anemia and often results in death.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Plasma cell cancer

Multiple myeloma (mm) is a clonal disorder (=cancer) of plasma cells.
Plasma cells (pc) produce immunoglobulins (aka antibodies). In mm, pcs produce monoclonal ig’s (m-proteins, m-spike, paraprotein). The abnormal proliferation of pcs and abnormal m-protein production cause the clinical features of mm -- eg crab = hypercalcemia, renal insufficiency, anemia, bone lesions (etc).

In brief: Plasma cell cancer

Multiple myeloma (mm) is a clonal disorder (=cancer) of plasma cells.
Plasma cells (pc) produce immunoglobulins (aka antibodies). In mm, pcs produce monoclonal ig’s (m-proteins, m-spike, paraprotein). The abnormal proliferation of pcs and abnormal m-protein production cause the clinical features of mm -- eg crab = hypercalcemia, renal insufficiency, anemia, bone lesions (etc).
Dr. Michael Thompson
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