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Coping with Blood Cancers

Cure rates and remission periods for adults with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, and other blood cancers are greatly improved because of new drugs, new uses for existing drugs, and improvements in radiation therapy and stem cell transplantation techniques. Research to improve health outcomes for more people with blood cancers is ongoing. Physicians are working to tailor therapies to decrease side effects, as well as long-term and late effects.

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General Information About Multiple Myeloma and Other Plasma Cell Neoplasms

Multiple myeloma and other plasma cell neoplasms (cancers) are diseases in which the body makes too many plasma cells. Plasma cells develop from B lymphocytes (B cells), a type of white blood cell that is made in the bone marrow. Normally, when bacteria or viruses enter the body, some of the B cells will change into plasma cells. The plasma cells make a different antibody to fight each type of bacteria or virus that enters the body, to stop infection and disease.

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Stages of Multiple Myeloma and Other Plasma Cell Neoplasms

After multiple myeloma and other plasma cell neoplasms have been diagnosed, tests are done to find out the amount of cancer in the body. The process used to find out the amount of cancer in the body is called staging. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment.

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Piecing Together Your Multiple Myeloma Treatment Options

Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that begins in plasma cells (white blood cells that produce antibodies). Different types of treatments are available. Some treatments are standard, and some are being tested in clinical trials. Nine types of standard treatment for multiple myeloma are currently used.

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Helping Survivors Thrive after Marrow and Cord Blood Transplants

by Elizabeth A. Murphy, EdD, RN

Advances in transplant science have improved outcomes and have made transplant a viable treatment option for more people and a wider range of diseases.

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New Advances Bring Hope to People with Myeloma

by Peter West

“The good news is that we are learning more and more about myeloma,” says Robert Z. Orlowski, MS, PhD, a noted blood cancer expert at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during an educational workshop sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “Our treatments are becoming more effective.”

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