Multiple Myeloma

What Is Multiple Myeloma?

Cancer Treatment in Orange County, CA

At Orange County CyberKnife, we believe there’s always hope in the fight against cancer. Our team of world-class cancer doctors and cancer treatment specialists works hard to provide superlative cancer care, and we strive to prioritize noninvasive treatments like CyberKnife whenever possible. We treat a wide range of cancerous conditions in our Orange County cancer clinic, including multiple myeloma. If you’re unfamiliar with this condition or have recently been diagnosed, we can help.

About Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells. Plasma cells are found in the bone marrow, which is the soft, fleshy inner part of bones, and they make up a part of the immune system. Specifically, plasma cells form when a type of white blood cell called a B cell encounters a pathogen. After encountering the pathogen, the B cell changes into a plasma cell, which can then secrete antibodies (also called immunoglobulins) that attack that specific kind of pathogen. This is one mechanism the body has for fighting infections it has had before.

Multiple myeloma occurs when plasma cells begin to grow out of control. These cancerous plasma cells create an abnormal antibody called monoclonal protein or M-protein. These cancerous plasma cells can form tumors in the bones and secrete proteins that damage bones and create serious problems throughout the body.

Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma doesn’t always produce symptoms, and the symptoms it does produce can be very general. Bone pain, fatigue, and loss of appetite are all frequent features of multiple myeloma. Other common characteristics include:

  • Anemia
  • Low platelets (thrombocytopenia)
  • Shortage of white blood cells (leukopenia)
  • Weakened bones
  • Difficulty fighting infections
  • Kidney damage or kidney failure

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Multiple myeloma is a serious condition, but with expert treatment, there’s always hope. Orange County CyberKnife’s world-class team of cancer doctors is dedicated to the health of our patients, and if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, we’re standing by to help. Contact us today┬áto learn more about our treatment options and schedule a consultation with us. We look forward to helping you fight cancer and reclaim a healthy, normal life.