What is Multiple Myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a cancer that begins in plasma cells.
Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell, which develop in the bone marrow. The abnormal plasma cells multiply, and can begin to erode the bones and interfere with the immune system. The disease is called multiple myeloma because myeloma cells can collect in multiple bones throughout the body.
Multiple Myeloma is commonly divided into two distinct groups:
- Asymptomatic or smoldering myeloma with no symptoms and slow growing cancer cells
- Symptomatic myeloma with common symptoms whic can lead to more infections, abnormal bleeding and fatigue, and/or bone pain and possibly numb or weak feelings in the legs or arms