A type of cancer that begins in plasma cells (white blood cells that produce antibodies). Also called Kahler disease, myelomatosis, and plasma cell myeloma.
Treatment of plasma cell neoplasms (including multiple myeloma, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, and plasmacytoma) includes observation, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell rescue, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and supportive therapies.
The common side effects of treatment may include: blood clots; low blood counts; tingling/numbness in hands and feet; constipation; nausea; diarrhea; and fatigue.
Tips and Tricks
The resource I found most helpful has been the advice of others who have had the same disease and who have lived with the same side effects. No doctor or nurse can give detailed advice on how to manage everyday life under the shadow of cancer treatment. Fortunately, my local support group made it possible for me to hook up with two great friends who had also undergone treatment for Multiple Myeloma.
- Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.