Thursday, December 22, 2005

MULTIPLE MYELOMA


It's Thursday.

Today my friend, Keven, finds out,
how much, how not, how to, how, what, what, what!!

2.5 years ago, they told him, he wouldl die within 6 months.

So. I'm not holding much in what they have to say today.

He will be surrounded by family. Friends are in the wings
and, I believe, angels are on his shoulder.

So.

Well. So there. and so here will wait for Keven.


WHAT IS MYELOMA?

  • Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells.
  • Plasma cells are antibody-producing cells normally present in the bone marrow.
  • A cancerous plasma cell is called a myeloma cell.
  • In myeloma, these cancerous plasma cells increase in number (>20% of marrow cells) and activity.
  • These myeloma cells cause the problems, which ultimately require treatment.
  • Myeloma is called "multiple myeloma" because multiple patches or areas of bone marrow are typically affected.
  • There is substantial variation between patients because of major variation in the
    • Number of affected bone marrow sites;
    • The location of these sites (e.g., spine, pelvis, arm, and/or leg areas);
    • The activity or growth pattern of the myeloma.

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