Myeloma

Myeloma at Springfield Hospital

What is myeloma?

Your bone marrow is a spongy tissue at the centre of your larger bones that makes all your body’s blood cells including red cells, white cells and platelets. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell.

Myeloma starts when abnormal plasma cells are created that quickly multiply and cluster. They leave less room for your normal blood cells to develop in your bone marrow, that keep you healthy.

Normal plasma cells are part of your immune system and they make a number of antibodies to help your body fight infections. Abnormal myeloma plasma cells produce an aberrant antibody that has no useful function, called paraprotein and this is found in the blood of most people with myeloma.

Myeloma is also known as multiple myeloma as it affects multiple places in your body where bone marrow is found such as in the bones of your spine, skull, pelvis, ribs, arms, legs and the areas around your shoulders and hips.

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