Also known as myeloma, multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells. These are a type of white blood cell formed in the body’s bone marrow. Plasma cells are part of the immune system, producing immunoglobulin, antibodies which fight infection. In patients with myeloma, these plasma cells begin to multiply uncontrollably and start to release only one type of antibody, called paraprotein, which has no function.
Unlike lymphoma or other cancers, myeloma produces no tumour or lump. It is the build-up of plasma cells and the presence of the paraprotein which causes problems. Multiple myeloma affects multiple places in the body, such as the spine, pelvis and skull – places where bone marrow is active. Common symptoms include pain, fatigue, anaemia, recurring infection and hypercalcaemia (high levels of calcium).
After diagnosis, the treatment available aims to control and relieve symptoms. Usually two to three different types of drugs are used in combination, such as chemotherapy drugs and steroids. Failure to diagnose multiple myeloma could seriously affect your prognosis, as your outlook depends on the stage the cancer is diagnosed at.
Are you suffering from multiple myeloma?
For those have been affected by failure to diagnose multiple myeloma, the consequences can be severe. You may need to take extra time off work for treatment; experience unnecessary suffering and your prognosis may be affected by the delayed diagnosis you have received. This could affect your quality of life and life expectancy. Failure to diagnose multiple myeloma may be classed as medical negligence, which means you may be able to claim compensation for your pain and suffering. There is usually a three year time limit in place to make a claim, so get in touch with a personal injury lawyer today.
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Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown