Multiple myeloma (also known as MM, myeloma, plasma cell myeloma, or as Kahler's disease after Otto Kahler) is a type of cancer of plasma cells, immune system cells in bone marrow that produce antibodies. Its prognosis, despite therapy, is generally poor, and treatment may involve chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. It is part of the broad group of diseases called hematological malignancies. Clinical features Because many organs can be affected by myeloma, the symptoms and signs are ...
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Signs and symptoms
... Although multiple myeloma may not cause symptoms early in the disease, it''s likely that you''ll experience symptoms as the disease progresses. Signs and symptoms of the disease can vary from person t...
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Causes
... Although the exact cause isn''t known, doctors do know that multiple myeloma begins with one abnormal plasma cell in your bone marrow. This abnormal cell then starts to multiply. Because abnormal cell...
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Risk factors
... Multiple myeloma isn''t contagious. Most people who develop multiple myeloma have no clearly identifiable risk factors for the disease. Some factors that may increase your risk of multiple myeloma inc...
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When to seek medical advice
... If you''re persistently more tired than you used to be, you''ve lost weight, and you experience bone pain, repeated infections, loss of appetite, excessive thirst and urination, persistent nausea, inc...
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Screening and diagnosis
... Your doctor may first detect signs of multiple myeloma before you ever have symptoms — through blood and urine tests conducted during a routine physical exam. Blood and urine tests A blood test ...
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