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If you are reading this page, you may be wondering why multiple myeloma (MM) is sometimes called a blood cancer or a bone cancer and sometimes plasma cell myeloma (PCM). The info below may be more than you want to know about plasma myeloma but since you’re here…
Here we go…
Plasma is the “liquid” portion of the blood and is made mostly of water and some solutes. It makes up approximately 55% of whole blood volume.
Platelets, together with red blood cells and white blood cells, make up the hematocrit portion of the blood, approximately 45% of volume.
So plasma is the liquid component, while platlets are the “plugs” circulating in the blood and part of the solid portion of whole blood.
MM isn’t really a “bone cancer.” Yes, MM originates in your bones. But MM is really more specific than a bone cancer. MM isn’t even really a blood cancer either. As the links below discuss, blood is made up of
MM should really be called “plasma cell myeloma” because MM is a cancer of the plasma cells. MM happens when plasma cells reproduce uncontrollably.
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In vertebrates, it is composed of blood cells suspended in blood plasma. Plasma, which constitutes 55% of blood fluid, is mostly water (92% by volume), and contains dissipated proteins, glucose, mineral ions, hormones, carbon dioxide (plasma being the main medium for excretory product transportation), and blood cells themselves..
The blood cells are mainly
“Plasma cells, also called plasma B cells, plasmocytes, plasmacytes, or effector B cells, are white blood cells that secrete large volumes of antibodies. They are transported by the blood plasma and the lymphatic system. Plasma cells originate in the bone marrow;..”
“Plasmacytoma, multiple myeloma, Waldenström macroglobulinemia and PC leukemia are malignant neoplasms (“cancer”) of the plasma cells. Multiple myeloma is frequently identified because malignant plasma cells continue producing an antibody, which can be detected as a paraprotein.
Primary amyloidosis (AL) is caused by the deposition of excess immunoglobulin light chains which are secreted from plasma cells…”