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Multiple myeloma (MM) is a cancer of the plasma cells, a type of white blood cell. Plasma cells are an important part of the immune system because they produce antibodies called immunoglobulins that help the body fight infection.
MM begins in the bone marrow—the soft, spongy tissue that fills the center of bones. The bone marrow is where blood cells such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are made. Patients with MM develop a large number of abnormal plasma cells in their bone marrow. The cancerous plasma cells multiply, building up in the marrow and crowding out normal, healthy blood cells.
This buildup of myeloma cells can lead to medical problems and complications:
There is currently no cure for the majority of MM patients, but it is a treatable disease.
|"This month marks 5 years since I originally had myeloma symptoms. I had my periodic checkup with my nephrologist on Monday and he said, "Who would have ever thought you'd be sitting here 5 years later with the diagnosis you had!!"
I am just so grateful that I have been so blessed to have had the doctors and the care from all of you I have had!! I wish I could adequately convey how appreciative I truly am."
–Michele H. of Georgia