Multiple myeloma

What is multiple myeloma?

Multiple myeloma is a cancer that starts in plasma cells. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks in our guide to multiple myeloma.

Risk factors for multiple myeloma

Risk factors for multiple myeloma include a history of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). Learn about multiple myeloma risk.

Symptoms of multiple myeloma

Signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma include bone pain or weakness, fatigue and frequent infections. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma.

Diagnosis of multiple myeloma

Tests to diagnose multiple myeloma include blood and urine tests, biopsy, x-ray and other imaging tests. Learn more about diagnosing multiple myeloma.

Stages of multiple myeloma

Staging multiple myeloma is based on the results of blood and imaging tests. Learn more about staging multiple myeloma.

Spread of multiple myeloma

Multiple myeloma is often widespread by the time it is diagnosed and affects multiple bones. Learn more about the progression of multiple myeloma.

Prognosis and survival for multiple myeloma

Prognostic factors for multiple myeloma include stage, age, blood test results and changes to chromosomes. Learn more about prognostic factors for multiple myeloma.

Treatments for multiple myeloma

Treatments for multiple myeloma include targeted therapy, chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. Learn more about treatment plans and options for multiple myeloma.

Supportive care for multiple myeloma

Supportive care helps people with physical and emotional aspects of multiple myeloma. Learn more about coping with long-term side effects of multiple myeloma.

Multiple myeloma statistics

Cancer statistics tell us how many people in Canada are diagnosed with and die from multiple myeloma in a certain time frame.

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