Understanding Multiple Myeloma


Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN

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Multiple myeloma is often described as a blood cancer or bone marrow cancer. This is a different type of cancer from those that affect specific areas of the body such as the lung or breast, which are solid cancers or tumors. Multiple myeloma affects the plasma cells in your blood, which circulate throughout your body. This makes the disease particularly hard to treat, since there is no one solid target. It is not a common type of cancer. Most people diagnosed are in their mid-sixties or older, but it can strike at any age. Learn basic multiple myeloma facts, how it is diagnosed and its treatment.

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