Myeloma begins when a plasma cell becomes abnormal. The abnormal cell divides to make copies of itself. The new cells divide again and again, making more and more abnormal cells. These abnormal plasma cells are called myeloma cells.
In time, myeloma cells collect in the bone marrow. They may damage the solid part of the bone. When myeloma cells collect in several of your bones, the disease is called “multiple myeloma.” This disease may also harm other tissues and organs, such as the kidneys. Myeloma cells make antibodies called M proteins and other proteins. These proteins can collect in the blood, urine, and organs.
Review this section to learn more about detecting and diagnosing multiple myeloma, as well as staging and treatment options.
What to Expect at Your Hematology Visit
Learn more from Dr. John Kessler, one of VOA's experienced hematologists, about what to expect during a typical hematology visit as well as other types of tests that may be needed and questions often asked.
At Virginia Oncology Associates, our blood cancer specialists are here to guide you and your family every step of the way. Our hematologists are experts in diagnosing and treating different types of blood cancers, including multiple myeloma, and care for patients at locations throughout Hampton Roads, Northeast North Carolina, and the surrounding areas.