Clinical update

Myeloma

Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a form of cancer that arises from plasma cells, which are a type of white blood cell made in the bone marrow.

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Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a form of cancer that arises from plasma cells, which are a type of white blood cell made in the bone marrow. It affects multiple areas where bone marrow is found – including the spine, skull, pelvis, ribs, arms and legs. While the cancer is relatively rare, its incidence has increased since the late 1970s. There is no cure, however there are treatments that can help with the symptoms and improve quality and length of life.

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Myeloma patients need ongoing support and access to psychological care, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Patients and families need to be provided with information on the complex condition, particularly at diagnosis, at the beginning and end of each treatment, at disease progression and at transition to end

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