stage III multiple myeloma

Pronunciation: (... MUL-tih-pul MY-eh-LOH-muh)

A relatively large number of cancer cells have spread throughout the body. There may be one or more of the following: 1) a decrease in the number of red blood cells, causing anemia; 2) the amount of calcium in the blood is very high, because the bones are being damaged; 3) more than three bone tumors (plasmacytomas) are found; or 4) high levels of M protein are found in the blood or urine.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2007-04-26