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Multiple Myeloma

Most patients with multiple myeloma develop symptoms of the condition over a period of a few weeks or months. Some (less than 10 per cent) may have already been found to have an abnormal protein (paraprotein) in their blood, perhaps by chance through routine investigation and are therefore under medical supervision. They might then develop an alteration in their condition, such as a bone lesion, and then need to begin therapy. Not everyone with an abnormal paraprotein has myeloma and not everyone with myeloma requires treatment. Once treatment is commenced, patients are followed up regularly and monitored carefully. More than 75 per cent of patients will respond to therapy, and the level of the abnormal protein will fall. In less than a third of patients the paraprotein disappears completely (typically in response to more intensive therapy), thus the patient achieves a 'complete remission'.