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Multiple Myeloma: Here’s what you need to know about it

Multiple Myeloma: Here’s what you need to know about it

Multiple Myeloma is a relatively rare type of cancer. March is multiple Myeloma awareness month. Let us learn more about this disease. Different types of cancer affect different parts of the body. Multiple Myeloma forms in white blood cells called Plasma cells. Normally, plasma cells play a vital role in protecting the body from infections.

Multiple Myeloma affects the plasma cells of the immune system in the human body. This cancer causes plasma cells to accumulate in the bone marrow. These cancerous plasma cells crowd out healthy cells in the bone marrow.

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ABOUT THE DISEASE

Normally, these plasma cells produce antibodies that help the body fight infections but when these plasma cells become cancerous they behave abnormally and produce proteins that cause kidney problems in patients. Some patients also experience formation of overly thick blood. The abnormal proteins produced by cancerous plasma cells starts to build up in the body. Too much build-up of this protein leads to organ damage.

SYMPTOMS

Unfortunately, patients suffering from multiple myeloma do not exhibit symptoms in the early stages of the disease. In later stages patients suffer from bone pain, bleeding, frequent infections (due to a weakened immune system) and sometimes anaemia is also observed. If left untreated multiple myeloma causes death in seven months.

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TREATMENT AND RISK FACTOR

With proper treatment the average life expectancy increases by four to five years. Obesity is considered to be a risk factor. Doctors suggest maintaining a normal body weight as a preventive measure for multiple myeloma.

To know more about Multiple Myeloma you can visit these sites.

https://www.themmrf.org/multiple-myeloma/what-is-multiple-myeloma/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-myeloma/basics/definition/con-20026607

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiple-myeloma/about/what-is-multiple-myeloma.html

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https://www.themmrf.org/multiple-myeloma/what-is-multiple-myeloma/

https://www.themmrf.org/multiple-myeloma/multiple-myeloma-complications/

http://www.celgene.com/supporing-nurses-multiple-myeloma-patients/

Comments:

  • Lalita
    March 17, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I’m really glad you highlighted multiple myeloma from having a close member of the family die from it. Not many people know about this … it often hits older people but a good example of younger person was lisa ray
    it was diagnosed too late in our circumstances so it would be great if people knew what to look out for
    I think the work you do is amazing

    • samara
      March 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you very much. Highlighting everything about cancer and various ways of healing is our mission. Spreading awareness and information can change and save a person’s life. Knowledge is power according to us and we are so happy that people such as you are consuming it in the right way 🙂

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