Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the blood.
It affects the part of your bone called. Your bone marrow produces the cells that make up your blood, including , , , and .
How multiple myeloma may affect you
multiply and can build up in the bone marrow. When they do, these cells can prevent the bone marrow from making enough red blood cells and also impair the body’s ability to fight infections. Prior to diagnosis, people with multiple myeloma may experience a number of symptoms that lead them to seek medical attention. However, some people may not have any symptoms or their symptoms may be vague. Multiple myeloma is often discovered as a result of laboratory testing or diagnostic imaging performed for other reasons, such as a routine blood test.
Common symptoms of multiple myeloma are referred to as CRAB:
- C=Increase in blood calcium
- R=Renal (kidney) problems
- A=Anemia (low red blood cell count)
- B=Bone damage
Symptoms like these could be signs of other medical problems. Talk with your healthcare team about any symptoms and questions you may have.