Articles tagged with: Smoldering Multiple Myeloma


[ by | Mar 25, 2015 9:33 am | 16 Comments ]
Myeloma Mom: Smoldering Isn’t As Sexy As It Sounds

When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2005, my specialist told me that my disease fell into the category of smoldering myeloma.

This meant that, while I had abnormal myeloma cells in my bone marrow and abnormal protein in my blood, the myeloma wasn’t yet harming me. I didn’t have any other symptoms, such as anemia, bone damage, or kid­ney involvement. I’d have my blood tested every few months, but I didn’t need any treatment.

My first reaction to the smoldering diagnosis was one of intense relief. After a …

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[ by | Oct 26, 2014 8:33 pm | 29 Comments ]
New Criteria For The Diagnosis Of Multiple Myeloma And Related Disorders

The International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has issued updated criteria for the diagnosis of multiple myeloma.

The criteria have been published in The Lancet Oncology and are ac­com­panied by recommendations for monitoring and updated criteria for other related plasma cell disorders.

The new diagnostic criteria represent a paradigm shift in the approach to multiple myeloma and will have considerable impact on the management of the disease.

For decades, the diagnosis of multiple myeloma required the presence of “end-organ” damage that could be attributed to the underlying plasma cell disorder. Thus, …

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[ by | Aug 26, 2014 1:26 am | 2 Comments ]
MRI Of The Spine Identifies Smoldering Myeloma Patients At High Risk Of Progressing To Multiple Myeloma

A recently published Greek study provides updated data on the sig­nif­i­cance of MRI-detected focal lesions in the spine in patients with smol­der­ing myeloma.

The Greek study confirms that having more than one focal lesion in the spine puts a smoldering myeloma patient at a noticeably higher risk of progressing to multiple myeloma.

Focal lesions are areas of abnormal cells in the bone marrow. They are not lesions in the outer (hard) area of the bone – lesions which are often called "lytic" lesions.

The Greek researchers found that the smoldering …

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[ by | Jun 27, 2014 2:25 pm | 6 Comments ]
Myeloma, Party Of Two: Summer, For Now

The sun is shining, and our cats are dreaming in sunbeams about catch­ing quick-footed squirrels just out of reach. Summer … It feels good to finally be here, and so it’s fitting that I now conclude the three-part series on our journey from the dark days of my husband Daniel’s initial diag­no­sis to the brighter days of the present.

As I mentioned in my last column, we moved to Houston in 2012 so that Daniel could be treated by a myeloma specialist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. I truly …

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[ by | Jun 14, 2014 9:59 pm | One Comment ]
ASCO 2014 Multiple Myeloma Update – Day Four: Poster Presentations

This year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago ended last Tuesday.

The day before the meeting ended was the busiest day at the meeting with re­gard to myeloma research.  It featured a session of oral pre­sen­ta­tions in the morn­ing and a poster session in the afternoon. In addition, an education ses­sion was held in the afternoon that included one myeloma-related talk, given by Dr. Leif Bergsagel of the Mayo Clinic, about progress in the treatment of mul­ti­ple myeloma (article in the ASCO 2014 Edu­ca­tional Book). …

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