Multiple Myeloma is a type of cancer that affects the plasma cells, a type of white blood cells that help you fight infections by creating antibodies. In this condition, the cancer cells get accumulated in the bone marrow and produce proteins that can affect the kidneys instead of creating antibodies. In the initial stages of the disease, there may not be any signs or symptoms but as the disease progresses, there can be symptoms such as bone pain, especially in your chest bone, nausea, constipation, loss of appetite, fatigue, mental confusion, weight loss, excessive weakness and frequent thirst.
HOW IS MULTIPLE MYELOMA DIAGNOSED?
Multiple Myeloma may be detected accidentally when you undergo a blood test for some other condition. Oncologists may order for blood tests and urine tests for confirming diagnosis. Bone marrow examination also may be done to check for presence of myeloma cells. Imaging tests like X-ray, MRI or CT-scan may be performed to detect bone problems
HOW IS MULTIPLE MYELOMA TREATED?
Treatment involves use of medications that can relieve pain, control complications of the disease, stabilize your condition and slow the progress of the disease.
DID YOU KNOW?
Those above the age of 65 years and from the Afro-American race are prone to this form of cancer.