Multiple Myeloma – FAQs

Multiple Myeloma FAQ

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At Orange County CyberKnife, we firmly believe that no matter how dire things seem, there’s always hope in the fight against cancer. As a leading cancer treatment center serving patients throughout Orange County, we offer a suite of state-of-the-art cancer treatments, including noninvasive CyberKnife. If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, we know you’re probably feeling overwhelmed. But the first step is to learn more about your condition, and we’ve pulled together answers to a few of the most common questions to help.

Common Questions About Multiple Myeloma


Answer :

Multiple myeloma is relatively rare. There are about 30,000 new cases diagnosed in the US each year, and roughly 200,000 people currently live with the disease in the US. The average lifetime risk of the disease is 1 in 132.

Answer :

As with most forms of cancer, scientists don’t fully understand the exact causes of multiple myeloma. However, research has identified a number of risk factors that increase the likelihood of any one individual getting the disease during his or her lifetime:

  • Age: Multiple myeloma is most common in older adults
  • Gender: Multiple myeloma is more common for men than women
  • Race: Multiple myeloma is twice as common for black people as for white people in the US
  • Obesity: Being overweight or obese increases the risk
Answer :

Multiple myeloma can be difficult to detect because the symptoms are often general, and some cases do not produce symptoms. However, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bone pain
  • Anemia and low blood cell counts
  • Weakened bones, often breaking easily
  • Weakened immune system
  • Kidney problems
Answer :

Multiple myeloma is quite serious. The overall 5-year survival rate is roughly 50%, although it depends on the stage at which the disease is diagnosed. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the more likely treatment will be effective.

Answer :

There are a number of possible treatments for multiple myeloma. Your doctor will work with you to decide which is right for you based on the stage of the condition and the specifics of your medical case. The main treatments used for multiple myeloma include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy, including CyberKnife
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Stem Cell Transplant

Often, your doctor will recommend combining two or more treatments to give you the best possible chance at beating the disease.

Contact Your Orange County Cancer Doctors

Getting diagnosed with multiple myeloma or any form of cancer can be devastating, but the treatment team at Orange County CyberKnife is committed to helping you. Contact us today to learn more about our facility and the options available to you. We’ll help you schedule a consultation, choose a treatment that makes sense for your case, and start on the road to recovery.