Multiple Myeloma

Friday, May 19, 2017

Multiple myeloma is a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this type of cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that affects blood cells. It causes the body to make too many plasma cells. This can affect other areas of the body, such as the bones, kidneys, eyes and nerves.

Multiple myeloma often takes a long time to affect the overall function of the body. There are other conditions involving plasma cells that do not always develop into cancer.

Many symptoms of multiple myeloma are vague and hard to pin down. Patients may feel tired or weak, lose weight for no apparent reason, get frequent serious infections or have pain in one of their bones. Sometimes patients have no symptoms, and the disease is found because of a blood test.

If your condition is not fully developed multiple myeloma and has a low chance of turning into cancer, carefully monitoring your status is best.

Treatment depends on your overall health and the stage of your multiple myeloma. Treatment may include immune therapy, chemotherapy, steroid therapy and bone marrow transplant.

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