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
The following information is from the National Cancer
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