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Hello...My mom was diagnosed with MM in October. She broke her femur and when we took her to the ER her Creatinine was 6.8. We had her transferred to a larger hospital for surgery on her femur and to figure out why her Creatinine was high. The day after her surgery she had full body x-rays, which showed lytic lesions on her femur, clavicle, and scalp. The doctor also did a bone marrow biopsy which showed nothing, a kidney biopsy which showed light chains, she had the lesion on her leg biopsied which showed nothing. She was diagnosed with light chain myeloma and started on Velcade. She just finished her 1st course and we are waiting for the 24 hour urine results to see if there is a decrease in the light chains. Her creatinine is coming down, it is 3 now. It's crazy because if she didn't have the femur fracture we probably never would have known about the myeloma because she had no symptoms. We brought her to the Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh to see if she was a candidate for stem cell transplant and they said no because of her age. She is 72. I am her primary caregiver ...and it is so hard watching her go through all of this. I've done a lot of reading the last couple months to learn about myeloma. If you know anything that would help me please feel free to message me! Thanks!!
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About Leslie16101

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Multiple Myeloma
Alternative Treatments, Biotherapy, Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Treatments, Chemotherapy, Clinical Trials and Research, Emotional Support, Genetics

Hello...my mom was diagnosed with "light chain myeloma" in October 2012. She had no symptoms of the myeloma. We found out she had it when she broke her femur and fell. At the emergency room, her creatinine and BUN were elevated. We had her transferred to a larger hospital in Pittsburgh because her break required surgery and we had to figure out why she was in renal failure. After she had surgery, the doctors did a bone marrow biopsy, which showed no plasma cells, a kidney biopsy, which showed light chains, full body x-rays, which showed lytic lesions on the femur, clavicle, and scalp, a biopsy of the lesion on her femur, which showed no plasma cells...she was started on Velcade and Dexamethasone. She just finished her first round of Velcade and we are waiting for the results of a 24 hour urine test to see if she is responding to the Velcade. We went to the Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh for another opinion and to see if she was a candidate for a stem cell transplant but because of her age she wasn't.

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