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Multiple myeloma cancer
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow. It is common among the blood and bone marrow cancers that affect adults. The cancer involves cells in the bone marrow called plasma cells. When these cells become malignant, they grow rapidly and spread to the bones and sometimes cause damage to the kidneys. Patients often present with fatigue and painful bone lesions.
Diagnosis and treatment
Multiple myeloma is detected by a combination of blood work, urinalysis, and imaging. It also requires a bone marrow biopsy. A bone marrow biopsy is a procedure that will be explained to you by your provider. Once multiple myeloma has been diagnosed, treatment consists of chemotherapy in the form of oral medications and/or medicine given by injection into a vein or the soft tissue just below the skin. In some patients, a type of bone marrow transplant will be recommended.