Drug InfoNet.com
Go
Ask the Expert
FAQ's
Drug Information
Disease Information
Health News
Health Info
Panel Registration
Healthcare Orgs
Medical Refs
Gov't Sites
Hospitals
Med Schools
Home
 
Special Offers

Drug Infonet provides drug and disease information for your healthcare needs. Visit our FAQ page to find answers to common health questions. Look on the Manufacturer Info page to link to pharmaceutical company pages. Click to Health Info and Health News for the latest in healthcare developments.

Drug Infonet brings this free resource to you so that you become a more informed consumer of healthcare.


Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Multiple Myeloma


These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Multiple Myeloma
Question: Could you give me as much information as possible on Multiple Myeloma? I was diagnosed with stage 3 last June.

Answer: Multiple myeloma represents a type of "leukemia". The specific cells involved are the cells in the bone marrow (plasma cells) responsible for producing anti-bodies to different diseases. Over production of the gamma-globulins or other products of these cells leads to different problems. There are several different problems as these cells multiply and over-produce proteins. These are usually anemia, renal failure, infections, bleeding, hypercalcemia(high calcium) and occasional strokes. Treatment is based both on the type of plasma cell(some gamma globulin proteins are much bigger) as well as the specific proteins produced by the abnormal plasma cells. There are several staging systems used to rank the disease and recommend the best treatment protocol. Stage 3 in most systems refers to anemia, elevated calcium, and bone lesions. This is a relatively advanced stage. 10-20 % of patients have a very slow and uneventual course. However, most require different types of chemotherapy.

Back to Drug InfoNet Home Page.

Back to Doctor FAQ main page.





HON
FAQ Drug Info Disease Info Manufacturer Info Health Care News Health Info Become Panelist Health Care Orgs Medical References Government Sites Hospital Sites Medical Schools
Contact | Site Map | Search | Disclaimer | Mission Statement

© 1996-2005 DRUG INFONET, Inc. All rights reserved.