Multiple Myeloma (cont.)
In this Article
- What is multiple myeloma?
- What are multiple myeloma causes and risk factors?
- What are multiple myeloma symptoms and signs?
- How is multiple myeloma diagnosed?
- What are multiple myeloma stages?
- What is the treatment for multiple myeloma?
- What are methods of treatment for multiple myeloma?
- What supportive care can patients with multiple myeloma require?
- What happens after treatment for multiple myeloma?
- What support is available for cancer patients?
- What other resources are available to multiple myeloma patients?
- Multiple Myeloma At A Glance
- Find a local Oncologist in your town
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- Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells in the bone marrow.
- Certain risk factors increase the chances of a person developing multiple myeloma.
- Symptoms of multiple myeloma vary depending on how advanced the disease is.
- Diagnosis of multiple myeloma is supported by findings of the medical history and examination, blood, urine and x-ray tests, and confirmed with a bone marrow aspiration and/or biopsy.
- Treatment of multiple myeloma depends on the patient's symptoms, extent of the disease, as well as the age and health of the patient.
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Last Editorial Review: 11/20/2008
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