Myeloma in Nevada
Comprehensive Cancer Centers, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is a multidisciplinary practice that offers a team of medical oncologists, hematologists and radiation oncologists to treat patients with myeloma in Nevada. Comprehensive creates individualized treatment plans for each of our patients and uses the highest standards, newest technologies and most groundbreaking clinical research available.
Comprehensive participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III clinical research studies each year allowing patients access to the most advanced treatment options. For more information or to find open research studies for myeloma, click here.
If you have any questions about myeloma please call us at 702-952-3350, or use our contact form.
Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that develops from the cells found in the bone marrow. It is a cancer of plasma cells, which are an important part of your body’s immune system. The immune system is the body’s way of helping fight infection, but when someone has myeloma, the cancerous plasma cell will grow uncontrollably. This makes it very hard for the body’s immune system to fight off the infection.
There are several forms of myeloma, those include:
- Multiple myeloma is the most common and affects multiple areas of the body.
- Plasmacytoma only presents itself in one area of the body, such as a tumor in the bone, skin, muscle, or lung.
- Localized myeloma can be found in one site but has spread to the surrounding areas.
- Extramedullary myeloma effects tissue other than the marrow, such as the skin, muscles or lungs.
Our physicians will determine which form of myeloma you have and will tailor a treatment plan specifically to you and your needs.
It’s not always clear why some cells become myeloma cells; however, some risk factors include medical history, race, age and gender. Other risk factors are obesity and radiation or exposure to certain kinds of chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers and Agent Orange.
Myeloma Signs and Symptoms
In the early stages of myeloma, some patients have no signs or symptoms. Some physicians refer to the acronym, CRAB, to describe symptoms of myeloma:
- C – Calcium elevation
- R – Renal insufficiency
- A – Anemia
- B – Bone abnormalities
Myeloma Diagnosis & Treatment
Physicians will perform a blood test as well as medical examination to determine if you have myeloma. Pending the outcome, your doctor will stage the disease according to how much myeloma is in your body. Staging predicts the progression of the disease and helps determine the type of treatment plan.
Treatment outcomes are different for each patient and depend on many individual factors, but will include one or more of the following:
- Bone marrow transplant
- Clinical trial research
- Radiation therapy
- Stem cell transplantation with high-dose chemotherapy
- Supportive care
Physicians at Comprehensive provide a variety of treatment options for patients with myeloma in Nevada and offer groundbreaking clinical research for those who are eligible. For a complete list of clinical research studies being conducted at Comprehensive for myeloma, please click here.
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