Multiple Myeloma Specialist

Cancer and Blood Care Specialists

Hematologists & Oncologists located in Santa Ana, CA

The doctors at Cancer and Blood Specialists in Santa Ana, California, are experienced in the care of patients with a diagnosis of multiple myeloma. Multiple Myeloma, or plasma-cell myeloma, is a cancer of the plasma cells. These cells are an important part of the immune system, and when they are cancerous they can harshly affect a person’s ability to fight off infection. If you’re seeking diagnosis or treatment for multiple myeloma, call or book your appointment online with the experts at Cancer and Blood Specialists today.

Multiple Myeloma Q & A

What is multiple myeloma?

Plasma is a very important part of the immune system. Plasma cells are responsible for producing antibodies and are a leading part of fighting off infections of all kinds. Multiple myeloma — or plasma-cell myeloma — is a cancer of the plasma cell.  

Cancerous plasma cells produce antibodies that don’t function properly. These cells end up accumulating in the bone marrow, which can cause long-term complications for the immune system as well as the bones, heart, nervous system, kidneys, and liver.

What are the symptoms of multiple myeloma?

A person with multiple myeloma may not have any symptoms at all. When they do, these symptoms are often ones you’d expect from an immune system that’s not functioning well or the result of plasma cells accumulating in the bones and joints.

These symptoms may be:

  • Frequent infections
  • Fatigue
  • Mental fogginess
  • Neurological problems
  • Weight loss
  • Urination problems
  • Kidney infections
  • Unexplained fevers
  • Bone pain
  • Weakness

What tests can help diagnose multiple myeloma?

At Cancer and Blood Specialists, your doctor orders a few simple tests that indicate if your immune system is not working well, or if you’ve had damage caused by cancerous plasma cells.

These tests include:

  • Blood counts, including a white blood count
  • Kidney and liver function tests
  • Calcium levels
  • Immunoglobulin tests
  • Urine tests
  • Bone density tests
  • Nerve conduction studies

What treatments are available for multiple myeloma?

The specialists in the office would work closely with you to determine the right course of treatment based on your symptoms and the degree of involvement of plasma cell myeloma.

Some possible treatment options may include:

  • Drug therapies: to target the cancerous cells and cause them to die
  • Chemotherapy: often given before bone marrow transplant, to kill cells that cause plasma-cell cancer
  • Bone marrow transplant: replacing diseased bone marrow with healthy bone marrow
  • Steroid treatment: to help fight infection in the body, and prevent the growth of cancerous cells
  • Radiation: to attempt to kill the cancerous plasma cells

At Cancer and Blood Care Specialists, the team is committed to providing the best plan of care possible on a highly individual basis. If you’d like to explore your own options for diagnosing or treating multiple myeloma, please call or book an appointment online today.