Myeloma is cancer of the blood's plasma cells. A mass or tumor of rapidly growing cells will often appear in a patient's bone marrow. Your bone marrow is where red and white blood cells, along with platelets, are made. Because myeloma is a blood disorder, patients often have a weakened immune system and are susceptible to contracting other illnesses. Patients with myeloma may be divided into asymptomatic myeloma (slow growing) and symptomatic myeloma (more rapid growth accompanied by symptoms).
Treatment for myeloma includes:
The oncologists at the Cancer Center at UPMC Hillman Canceer Center can diagnose and treat all stages of myeloma in Williamsport and Wellsboro, PA.
Types of Myeloma
There are several types of myeloma:
- Multiple myeloma. This is the most common type of myeloma. In this type of plasma cell cancer, myeloma cells form tumors in various bones of the body.
- Plasmacytoma. This type of myeloma refers to myeloma cells that are found in only one area of the body, including the skin, muscle or bone.
- Localized myeloma. This type of myeloma refers to myeloma cells that are found in one area of the body with exposure to other areas of the body.
- Extramedullary myeloma. This type of myeloma refers to myeloma cells that are involved with other areas of the body, including skin or muscles.
Common signs of myeloma can include:
- Bone pain
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss or fatigue
- Weakness in legs
- Frequent infections
Treatment for Myeloma
The treatment our Williamsport oncologists recommend will depend on the type and stage of myeloma you are experiencing. We treat every myeloma case as unique, so we can provide a customized treatment plan that will work with your schedule and preferences.
UPMC in Williamsport and Wellsboro, PA provide customized treatment for myeloma.