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According to research, approximately 50% of newly diagnosed myeloma patients (NDMM) present with kidney involvement. Myeloma kidney is the commonly used term for this situation.
The point of this post is that kidney health is just as important to half of all NDMM patients as our incurable blood cancer is. Actually infection is the most common cause of death for MM patients and kidney failure is the second most common cause of death according to research.
The creatinine blood test is commonly used to assess kidney function. Creatinine is a waste product produced by muscle metabolism, and it is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys. The level of creatinine in the blood is a direct reflection of how well the kidneys are functioning.
The creatinine blood test is often included in a panel of tests called a renal function panel or a basic metabolic panel. Elevated levels of creatinine in the blood may indicate impaired kidney function. Conditions that can lead to increased creatinine levels include:
It’s important to note that a single elevated creatinine level may not be conclusive, and additional tests and clinical information are usually needed to determine the cause of the elevation. If kidney dysfunction is suspected, other tests such as
may be performed to provide a more comprehensive assessment of kidney function.
Chemotherapy can have various effects on kidney health, and the impact depends on the specific drugs used, their dosages, and the overall health of the individual. Some chemotherapy drugs are known to be more nephrotoxic (toxic to the kidneys) than others.
Some chemotherapy drugs that may affect kidney health include:
Unfortunately, NDMM patients must be aware of several factors when they are diagnosed. And it is their creatinine, BUN and eGFR that helps them figure out the health of their kidneys.
In my experience, watching our for aggressive, high-dose chemo (think ASCT) and also considering evidence-based non-conventional therapies shown to help kidney function such as:
can help manage kidney health as well as manage your bone marrow health.
Have you been diagnosed with multiple myeloma? Do you have kidney involvement? Let me know-
“Multiple myeloma (MM) is a plasma cell disorder characterized by clonal proliferation of malignant plasma cells producing monoclonal proteins and causing organ damage. The involvement of the kidney in plasma cell dyscrasias, including multiple myeloma, is widespread.
Renal disease in patients with multiple myeloma is sometimes referred to as myeloma kidney. At the time of presentation, about 50 percent of patients have renal involvement. Renal involvement is associated with higher mortality…