Bone marrow cancer, also known as myeloma or myelomatosis, is a type of cancer which affects plasma cells in bone marrow. Cancerous plasma cells begin to fill up the bone marrow, leaving the body unable to make enough normal blood cells. This can reduce the body’s ability to fight infection, leading to bone pain, kidney damage and anaemia.
We still don’t know what causes bone marrow cancer, but it is thought that factors such as the environment and infection could play a part. Myeloma is an uncommon type of cancer which affects around 4,000 people annually in the UK. It generally affects older people, with the average age of diagnosis being around 70.
Bone marrow cancer is usually diagnosed using a number of tests including a blood or urine test, bone marrow biopsy, x-rays and scans. Other tests which can assess the severity of the disease include blood tests to check kidney function and calcium levels. Treatment can help to control myeloma and put the disease into remission. Treatment can include chemotherapy, radiotherapy or stem cell transplant, which gives the best chance of complete remission. Failure to diagnose bone marrow cancer could have serious consequences, as the sooner treatment commences, the better the prognosis. Generally speaking, around 50% of people diagnosed are still alive four years after their diagnosis.
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Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown