The support group for multiple myeloma and
plasmacytoma has existed since January 2012
and is an open group for all affected persons, relatives
and interested persons.
From time to time, invited speakers will
give lectures on specific topics and answer all
and answer all questions.
Multiple myeloma is a malignant disease of the bone marrow and is
of the bone marrow and results from the
uncontrolled proliferation of degenerate plasma cells.
The pathologically altered plasma cells
produce antibodies or only fragments of antibodies
of antibodies, the so-called paraproteins.
The production of normal antibodies is suppressed by the
production of paraproteins, and the patient becomes more
patient becomes more susceptible to infection.
In the bone marrow, the proliferation of myeloma cells
myeloma cells leads to increased stimulation of osteoclasts.
of osteoclasts. These are cells that can
This leads to an increased release of calcium.
If large quantities of paraproteins are
the protein content of the blood can increase considerably.
increase. Because part of the protein is excreted by the kidneys, it can
excreted by the kidneys, it can clog the renal tubules and
and impair their function.
Multiple myeloma can progress for years without any noticeable
noticeable signs of the disease. The effects of the
effects of the disease described here usually
usually appear only after a longer
course of the disease.
Possible symptoms of
Bone pain and fractures due to the
loss of bone substance
Signs of anemia, such as lassitude,
lack of drive, shortness of breath during exertion, irritability
or headaches (very common)
Susceptibility to infections with frequently recurring,
persistent infections (less frequent)
Weight gain due to storage of
fluid in body tissues may be a sign of
kidney function impairment
Calcium elevation in the blood may result in
Kidney damage, fatigue, confusion,
cardiac arrhythmias, nausea and vomiting.
occur. (hypercalcemia; very rare)National Multiple Myeloma Association
The diagnosis of multiple myeloma or
plasmocytoma triggers shock, fear and helplessness in those affected.
What kind of disease it is and how it can be
and how it can be treated are the central
questions that arise.
Why multiple myeloma develops is still largely unknown.
largely unexplained. It is also a cancer
is a cancer that cannot yet be cured.
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