Like in most chronic disease, it is very important for the doctor to know the severity of the condition before he or she can apply the appropriate medication and treatment procedures to multiple myeloma disease.
Staging is very important in this kind of illness, this is the only way to understand how much the illness have damaged your body, how further damage can be prevented and how it can be treated. Staging involves a series of tests. One must undergo these tests to evaluate his or her multiple myeloma condition.
Doctors need the blood test results, especially the albumin and beta2 microglobulin, to determine the effect of the disease in the blood.
MRI and CT scan
X ray results and 3D imaging give the doctors a clearer vantage point of the pictures of the bones that may have been damaged by the disease.
Through these test results, doctors will give their evaluation of the severity of the condition. There are 3 stages for this type of cancer, Stage 1, 2 and 3. These stages determine the severity of the problem and where it originates. Through staging, they will determine if the development of cancer cells started with the bones or with the kidneys.
Another type of multiple myeloma is the earlier stage which is called the smoldering myeloma. This stage shows no symptoms of the disease, there will be no bone damage or some sort. But problems will manifest in the blood samples. Stage 1, 2, and 3 myeloma have symptoms manifest in the bones and in myeloma 2 and 3, cancer cells may develop in other parts of the body.
There are so many treatments now for this kind of cancer. Examples of which are induction therapy, watchful therapy and stem cell transplant. These treatment procedures can also be combined for faster and better results.
Radiation therapy is also used for painful bone problems caused by multiple myeloma. It can be used alone or can be combined with other treatment procedures.
Choosing the treatment procedures for this disease doesn’t just depend on the patient’s preference. Doctor’s advice is the most important, and their decision depends on the severity of the condition and where the symptoms originated and developed. For multiple myeloma that shows no symptoms, cancer treatment is advised.
Condition with obvious symptoms needs induction therapy or sometimes, stem cell transplant.
Treatments for this condition can really control the development of the cancer cells and its uncomfortable and painful symptoms. Patients may undergo cancer therapies to minimize the reoccurrence of the disease, but the sad thing about this condition is that, it can seldom be cured. Most treatments we have right now can not control myeloma.
Talking to your doctor about the treatment procedures he advised you to have is very important. Usually, good doctors will tell you about how the treatment is done, his or her expected results for your development and possible side-effects you may experience after the procedure. It is very important to talk to your doctor about treatment to prepare yourself.