Multiple Myeloma Stories

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells. Multiple myeloma occurs when plasma cells become cancerous and grow out of control. Normal plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are an important part of the immune system. Multiple myeloma is a relatively uncommon cancer. In the United States, the lifetime risk of getting multiple myeloma is 1 in 132 or 0.76%. (American Cancer Society)

Jude Abella, Multiple Myeloma, Stage 3

Diagnosis: Multiple Myeloma, Stage 3
Cancer Details:
Early stage multiple myeloma usually causes vague symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose
1st Symptoms:
Pain in back, hips and ribs; difficulty walking
Bilateral femoral osteotomy (insertion of titanium rods); reversal due to infection; chemotherapy