A cancer diagnosis can feel like a bomb was just dropped in the center of your life. As you attempt to shake off the shock, you’re left with an empty feeling and barrage of questions. Fortunately, these days, there is plenty of information and different types of treatment at your disposal.
If you are processing a cancer diagnosis, the best thing to do is to research. Look at your options, talk with others who have dealt with the issue, and ask your specialist about the types of treatment available—both clinical and the more holistic alternatives. Take ownership and don’t fear the questions you want to ask.
About Multiple Myeloma Cancer
Where is Multiple Myeloma Cancer Located?
Multiple myeloma cancer is not organ-specific. This means that it’s tied to a specific region of the body. As a result, it can manifest anywhere in the body so long as there is a breeding ground of abnormal plasma cells. To better understand, we need to rewind:
Consider your immune system, specifically, the cells in your body that grow, heal, and help fight disease. White blood cells are an integral part of this system and form the front line in the fight against infection. Within the white blood cells, there is a subsidiary that we commonly refer to as Cell B. When Cell B is combating infection, it becomes a plasma cell. These plasma cells can grow cancerous, spread, and result in the onset of myeloma cancer.
- In 2017, 9.2 Million people were diagnosed with cancer. Of those, roughly 100,000 contracted multiple myeloma, placing it low on the commonality scale.
How Does it Impact Your Body?
Multiple Myeloma impacts your body in a plethora of ways:
- Depletion of bone health.
- Overstimulation of osteoclast cells that results in the aggressive corrosion of bone cells.
- Depletion of red blood cells.
- Anemia, fatigue, low oxidization.
- Depletion of antibodies, which increases the risk of infection.
- A breakdown of the immune system.
Are There different types of multiple myeloma cancer?
There are two types of myeloma: active and inactive. The latter, known as “smoldering” or asymptomatic myeloma is indolent. It occurs when plasma cells take up a proportional 30% of cell space within the bone marrow. Typically, those with smoldering myeloma are likely to develop active multiple myeloma. To this end, it’s recommended that they undergo regular checkups every 3-6 months to track the status of the blood cells.
Causes and Risk Factors
While multiple myeloma does not technically classify as a genetic disease, cases are often linked to inherited genetic mutations. It’s rare to find a first-generation patient of this cancer. Therefore, if you have a history of myeloma in your family, then you might be at risk to it. Be sure to inform your doctor and perform research into treatment for multiple myeloma should you ever find yourself in such a position.
Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging
Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma
The most noticeable symptoms of multiple myeloma are weak and aching bones. Sometimes this manifests as osteoporosis, other times as bones that are susceptible to breaks and fractures.
Secondary symptoms are likely to affect the kidney, including:
- Respiratory issues
Test for Multiple Myeloma Cancer
The relationship between the kidney and multiple myeloma is such that the latter can often be recognized through a simple blood or urine test. Following this, patients will likely undergo a cytogenetic test, which seeks to study the chromosomes in the cancer cells.
The Different Stages of Multiple Myeloma Cancer
Myeloma is identified through the Revised International Staging System (RISS) uses a combination of albumin rates, the measure of beta-2-microglobulin,blood counts, and levels of gene abnormalities to pose a four-fold staging system.
Alternative Treatment Options for Multiple Myeloma Cancer
Alternative treatment plans work to build your system up while you fight your cancer diagnosis. They focus on keeping the body, mind, and spirit healthy while moving through the treatment of cancer. We believe that alternative diagnosis and treatment plans offer well-rounded healing and strength for your body while decreasing the negative side effects.
Immunity Therapy Center is dedicated to providing all-natural treatment options for cancer. Headquartered in Tijuana, Mexico, the Immunity Therapy Center health care team works directly with you to develop a custom-tailored treatment plan that suits your personal health. One-on-one consultations with Dr. Bautista ensure that you are treated like a human, not another chart or customer. To learn more about the treatment plans we offer, check out the alternative treatments we provide or reach out to us today.
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The American Cancer Society, What is Multiple Myeloma? https://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiple-myeloma/about/what-is-multiple-myeloma.html
The American Cancer Society, The Stages of Multiple Myeloma, https://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiple-myeloma/detection-diagnosis-staging/staging.html