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Multiple Myeloma

Are you a patient with Multiple Myeloma ?

Living with a chronic illness can pose great challenges to your daily activity. Being proactive with treatment and donating to research can be a beneficial addition to your routine management. Living with a chronic illness can pose great challenges to your daily activity. Being proactive with treatment and donating to research can be a beneficial addition to your routine management. Discovering that you have a disease can be overwhelming.  There usually are many unanswered questions and concerns that recently diagnosed people have.  One that may come to mind is how can I help someone else that may go the same process and struggles that I have?  Participating in Research helps scientist and clinicians find new treatments, tests and quicker diagnostic methods to improve patient outcomes and hopefully prevent the disease in the future.  You can Help! Become a Specialty Antibody donor with PPA! The information below is not meant for clinical diagnosis, but as an educational resource.

Please review the following donor requirements:

  • You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Documentation of the diagnosis and/or treatment may be required.
  • You must have a photo ID and be able to provide your social security number or proof of citizenship.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must weight at least 110 lbs.
  • You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and/or HIV.

To begin the Qualification Process, please fill out the Pre-Screening Form. For other questions and concerns about requirements or other information, please check out our FAQ’s. Check out the educational information below!

Multiple Myeloma

Definition

Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in plasma cells and proliferates in the bone marrow. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells crowd out healthy cells by producing abnormal proteins that can cause kidney problems.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma can vary and, early in the disease, there may be none.

When signs and symptoms do occur, they can include:

  • Bone pain, especially in your spine or chest
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mental fogginess or confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent infections
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness or numbness in your legs
  • Excessive thirst

Treatment

If you’re experiencing early onset of multiple myeloma, treatment can help relieve pain and control the progression of the disease. Though there’s no cure for multiple myeloma, but with good treatment results you can usually return to near-normal activity. Treatment options include targeted therapy, biological therapy, chemotherapy, corticosteroids, stem cell transplantation, and radiation therapy.

(Mayo Clinic, 2015)

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