University Cancer & Blood Center

Multiple Myeloma

Overview:

Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma can include no symptoms at all, bone pain, bone weakness, shortages of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets, high levels of calcium in the blood, hyperviscosity (dizziness and confusion), and kidney problems.

Treatment:

Multiple myeloma treatment can include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Drug therapy
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Supportive treatments

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