(09-10-2016, 09:25 AM)NODOOM Wrote: The problem with the blood is that the cancer has spread to the bone marrow. The bone marrow is where the new blood is made. So if the cancer is also in the marrow then I am not making good quality new blood.
I think also this going back and forth for periods in the hospital makes it difficult with the anxiety and not stable life style.
I thank you for your thoughts my friend they are much appreciated.
I am just trying to understand what's going on and why your doctors only have chemo to offer when it can only make things worse.
Looking it up online.
Myeloma: a compromised bone marrow
Multiple myeloma is a bone marrow disease (not to be confused with the spinal cord). This is not a cancer of the bone, strictly speaking, but a cancer of the content of the bone. It is in the bone marrow and, in particular, large long bones such as the femur that blood cells are produced: white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. This production is intense as it is estimated that every day, more than 400 billion blood cells are produced.
Defense against infections
Among the white blood cells, a special type called plasma cell is responsible for making antibodies. The antibodies (or immunoglobulins) have a particularly important role in the defense of our body against infections, for example. There are also several types of immunoglobulins A, D, E, G, M ... which have different roles.
Development myeloma is caused by a genetic mutation in one of the individual white blood cells, which will begin to multiply in an uncontrolled manner. By multiplying, they will produce an immunoglobulin (antibody) identical. This is called "monoclonal protein" (as from a single cell that is multiplied uncontrollably) or paraprotein.
Blood cells. Can't they prevent this development or at least keep it from multiplying?
If they are keeping you in the hospital it means there must be something that can be done to improve the situation? or they might as well send you back home and have you under home care.
There's got to be a way!
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