Multiple myeloma - what is it?
The purpose of this website is to give you and your loved ones as much valuable information on this hematological disease as possible. It is designed to help you to better understand the information given by the physicians and the medical staff. The text is written in a comprehensible manner. It presents various possible reasons for the onset of the disease, symptoms and the path to diagnosing multiple myeloma. You will learn about what to expect from various treatment options currently available. A lot of attention has been placed on the social aspect of the disease, as many patients find care and support from other patients to be of upmost help. We hope that this information will offer useful explanations and complement the instructions and information given to you by your personal physician/hematologist. Please refer to the medical staff for a clear explanation of your condition and treatment possibilities available to you.
What is multiple myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells, the white blood cells that make antibodies.
Types of multiple myeloma
"When I learned that I was diagnosed with ‘smoldering (asymptomatic, indolent) myeloma’ my immediate response was when and where are we going to start the treatment. The doctor’s response was, that for the time being, they were just going to observe me! And regardless of my diagnosis, life still goes on." Marija, 64 years old
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