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About Multiple Myeloma

  • Multiple myeloma: a type of cancer that begins in plasma cells, white blood cells that produce antibodies

    Multiple myeloma cells are abnormal plasma cells (a type of white blood cell) that build up in the bone marrow and form tumors in many bones of the body. It is also called Kahler's disease, myelomatosis, or plasma cell myeloma. Multiple myeloma may not cause signs or symptoms for a long time and is often not found until it is advanced. Myeloma tumors can weaken the bone, cause too much calcium in the blood, and damage the kidneys and other organs. Bone pain is a common symptom of advanced multiple myeloma. Other signs and symptoms include frequent infections, anemia, bleeding, numbness or tingling, and weakness.

    Learn about multiple myeloma, and find information on how we support and care for people with multiple myeloma before, during, and after treatment.

    The following information is from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).


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