A QUICK OVERVIEW OF MULTIPLE MYELOMA
Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that affects a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell.
- It may make you tired and easily exhausted, can cause kidney damage, bone damage and pain.
- It may also reduce your ability to fight infection.
Over time myeloma cells collect in the bones, either in the marrow or on the outer surfaces of the bone.
- Myeloma cells travel through the bloodstream, potentially to many different bones in the body, resulting in multiple lesions in the bone. This is where the disease gets the name "multiple myeloma."
- Scientists don't fully understand what causes multiple myeloma, and currently there is no cure.