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BY Devon Carter

Multiple myeloma is a cancer that develops in a type of white blood cell called plasma cells. Normally, these cells help us make antibodies to fight infection. But when something goes wrong during cell division, they can live forever.

Some patients live with multiple myeloma for years without any negative effects. This is called smoldering myeloma. But eventually the myeloma cells can make things go haywire in the body, affecting...

Photo of Dr. Krina Patel

BY Lorena Bueno

In early 2018, my husband, Guillermo, wanted to participate in an IRONMAN competition near our home in Quito, Ecuador. A blood test during...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Trena Robertson’s left hip began aching, she visited an orthopedic specialist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her hometown.  

BY Ronda Wendler

Ever since Robin Birthisel was diagnosed with a slow-growing type of multiple myeloma 10 years ago, she’s experienced unpleasant side effects caused not only by the cancer itself, but also by the drugs used to treat it.

“I’ve had fatigue, nausea and vomiting, bone and joint pain, and numbness and pain in my hands and feet,” says Robin, 55.

Chemotherapy put the cancer into remission, but Robin’s symptoms persisted.

Photo of palliative care patient and multiple myeloma survivor Robin Birthisel

BY Beth Norris

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at age 48, after some blood work from an annual checkup came back a little wacky.

My doctor said...

BY Ronda Wendler

Since childhood, Birdia Churchwell has been fascinated by science.

“I was interested in the why, so I spent my time reading, asking...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

After completing a course of treatment, there are few words that sound better to a patient than “complete remission.” It’s an indication that...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

Patient Care Technician Raymond Alex Jr., is known in MD Anderson’s Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and around the hospital for sharing inspirational...

BY Sarah Zizinia

When Marie Chaplinksy went in for a checkup with her cardiologist in March 2017, she was surprised when she was called back to have her bloodwork...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

A patient writes, “The Astros will win the World Series next year,” in bold print as Jaquelin Velasquez watches. The clinical nurse in Lymphoma...