Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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As a long-term multiple myeloma (MM) survivor who has been scanned, nuked, stuck, pricked and bled more times than I care to remember, I can tell you that multiple myeloma diagnostics are critical because:
What I mean by “all about the details” is that MM patients can have MM with few outward symptoms or MMers can have painful symptoms and yet have an early stage of even pre-multiple myeloma (SBP, MGUS, or SMM). The best way for you to learn what’s going on inside you is/are the MM diagnostic tests outlined below.
In order for you to be properly diagnosed for MM, your oncologist will examine your blood, your urine and your bones.
The most important thing for the MM patient to understand is that his/her stage at diagnosis is the single most important prognostic factor possible.
Meaning, your overall survival is largely dependent on your stage at MM diagnosis. I look at early stage MM to be almost a different disease than MM that is diagnosed at stage 2 or 3 with extensive organ involvement (bone, kidney damage).
While the five types of tests listed below are by no means an exhaustive list of tests that you will take as a MM survivor, I’ve listed these tests because I’ve taken each test repeatedly.
When I say “repeatedly,” I mean I’ve been looking at my blood, urine, bones, etc. every year, sometimes several times during a year, since my diagnosis in early 1994.
Granted, I’ve only had my blood sampled once a year for the past dozen or so years (SPEP is fast and cheap so as long as my FLCs are in the normal range, I’m happy)
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“Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer caused by malignant plasma cells in your bone marrow. Plasma cells produce antibodies that help your body fight infections. If you have multiple myeloma your plasma cells produce unhealthy antibodies called monoclonal proteins (M proteins). The accumulation of M proteins in your body can damage organs like your kidneys and liver….”
“A number of different genomic abnormalities are associated with MM; however, detection of these by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) can be limited by the percentage of PCs in the specimen…”
“Urine tests may be better than serum tests to diagnose multiple myeloma or its precursor conditions, because they can spot cases that would be missed by serum screenings, a study has found.
Serum free light chain tests may fail to diagnose about 25 percent of the people with multiple myeloma or the conditions that may precede it, the researchers report…”
“Medical imaging is of crucial importance for diagnosis and initial staging as well as for differentiation of multiple myeloma (MM) from other monoclonal plasma cell diseases.
Conventional radiography represents the reference standard for diagnosis of MM due to its wide availability and low costs despite its known limitations such as low sensitivity, limited specificity and its inability to detect extraosseous lesions.
Besides conventional radiography, newer cross-sectional imaging modalities such as