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Multiple myeloma with late diagnosis reaches 17 thousand Brazilians annually

 
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Are recorded annually in Brazil 17 000 new cases of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, causing anemia and bone destruction. In the country the diagnosis is often delayed due to the delay of the people to consult with a doctor. The main symptoms of the disease are pain in the spine and pelvis, weakness and physical fatigue due to anemia.

The information is based on studies of the International Myeloma Foundation Latin America, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients and their families, present in more than 113 countries.

Any type of cancer is an exaggerated increase of a particular cell type. In the case of myeloma - that affects mainly older people - this cell proliferates and infiltrates throughout the bone marrow. We know that 80% of patients with the disease have bone involvement and 20% have kidney problems, says Vanya Hungary, associate professor of the discipline of hematology and oncology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa de São Paulo.

She explains that to diagnose the disease is necessary to perform the test protein electrophoresis and that there is no cure for this cancer. However, with treatment, the median life span of patients is five years, which will depend on several factors, including the establishment of health and age of the individual. Under clinical conditions, it may be the bone marrow transplantation. Otherwise, it can be treated with medications that are also very efficient notes.

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   Palavras-chave:   Meiloma multiple bone marrow cancer    Bone destruction    Anemia    Hematology    Oncology   
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