Multiple Myeloma

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of your plasma cells. Plasma cells normally make proteins called antibodies to help you fight infections. Dr. Edward Hill discusses multiple myeloma in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Multiple myeloma is cancer of the bone marrow cells. These are called plasma cells. Plasma cells normally make antibodies, which help your body fight infection.

Multiple myeloma can cause tumors to grow in your bones. It can also cause the plasma cells to make too many antibodies. This can stop your body from fighting infection, hurt your kidneys and thicken your blood.

You may have bone pain and your bones may break more easily. You may also be weak and tired, lose weight, have numbness or keep getting infections. Some people dont experience symptoms.

If you have it, you may need X-rays to see how bad the disease is. Treatment is usually not needed unless you have symptoms. There is no cure, but several treatments can slow the disease. Your doctor may give you medicine to help with pain and other symptoms.

If you have it, you are more likely to get certain infections, so ask your doctor about getting vaccines to protect you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.