Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a type of cancer arising from plasma cells which are found in the bone marrow.
Normal plasma cells produce antibodies (also called immunoglobulins) to help fight infection. In myeloma, malignant plasma cells (myeloma cells) in the bone marrow produce large amounts of an abnormal antibody known as paraprotein. Unlike normal antibodies, paraprotein lacks the capacity to fight infection and has no useful function.
It is often through the measurement of this paraprotein that myeloma is diagnosed and monitored.
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