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Multiple myeloma is a cancer of cells found in the body’s bone marrow. These cells, called plasma cells, normally protect us from infections.
When plasma cells become cancerous, they can no longer fulfill their normal job. They also tend to crowd out space in the bone marrow needed for other cells. As a result, there may be a loss of red blood cells, causing anemia, and fewer white blood cells to fight infections.
The plasma cells can also travel to other parts of the body including the bone, making the bone more prone to fracture, and affecting the kidneys.
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