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