Myeloma Topic Guide
Myeloma: Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells of the blood. Symptoms include early osteoporosis, hypercalcemia, hyperviscosity of the blood, low red and white blood cell counts, low platelet count, cryoglobulinemia, and amyloidosis. Treatment for myeloma includes chemotherapy, radiation, medications, and stem cell transplantation. The 5-year survival rate for myeloma is 30%.
Bone Marrow Biopsy A bone marrow biopsy is performed to evaluate bone marrow function or to determine the cause of some infections, diagnose tumors, determine how far a disease, such as lymphoma, has progressed, and to evaluate the effectiveness of chemotherapy or other bone marrow active drugs.