What is Multiple Myeloma?
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Multiple myeloma is one of several diseases that are collectively known as plasma cell dyscrasias. In general, the term myeloma refers to cancer of special types of white blood cells called plasma cells. Plasma cells are important components of the immune system that help the body fight infections caused by microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Plasma cells are found primarily in the bone marrow and develop from white blood cells called B-lymphocytes. When microorganisms invade the body, B-lymphocytes respond by transforming into plasma cells which, in turn, produce proteins called antibodies that help to destroy the invading microorganisms and, thereby, eradicate the infection. There are five types (classes) of antibodies (immunoglobulins) produced by plasma cells: IgG, IgM, IgA, IgD, and IgE. Each plasma cell produces a specific class of antibodies.
About the Medifocus Guidebook on Multiple Myeloma
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, it's critical to learn everything you possibly can about this condition so that you can make informed decisions about your treatment. That's why we created the Medifocus Guidebook on Multiple Myeloma, a comprehensive 165 page guide to symptons, treatments, research and support. Available as either a soft-cover book or in PDF format, this unique guidebook answers many of your most important questions about Multiple Myeloma including:
- What are the causes and risk factors for Multiple Myeloma?
- What are the signs and symptoms?
- Which medical tests and procedures are necessary to establish and confirm the diagnosis?
- What are the goals of treatment?
- What are the standard treatments?
- What are the treatment options?
- What impact does this condition have on quality of life?
- Are there any new promising treatments currently under development?
- Where can you find doctors, hospitals, and medical centers with specialized expertise in managing patients with Multiple Myeloma?