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Multiple Myeloma – Diagnosis and Treatment

Multiple myeloma is the development of cancerous plasma cells. These components are mainly found in the bone marrow and play a key role in the immune system. This condition makes antibodies stop working in the blood, thus increasing the risks of many infections. It can be challenging to diagnose multiple myeloma since symptoms often occur in the late instead of early stages. Fortunately, there are many options available to treat and help people recover. Keep reading the following sections to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of multiple myeloma.

Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

Blood Test

Just like other forms of cancer, multiple myeloma can be diagnosed with several blood tests. Your doctor might perform a complete blood count or a count of the different, specific kinds of blood cells. Also, he or she would examine a blood sample under the microscope to find out the presence of any pre-cancerous cells. The tests tend to determine the levels of calcium and other markers or elements which would determine the risks. These include C-reactive protein, beta-2 microglobulin, lactate dehydrogenase, albumin, and creatinine. Blood tests also provide more information about the number and forms of various blood antibodies. [1]