Multiple myeloma also known as plasma cell myeloma or Kahler's disease .It is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell normally responsible for producing antibodies. In multiple myeloma, collections of abnormal plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow, where they interfere with the production of normal blood cells. Bisphosphonate treatment is often started along with chemo. If the areas of damaged bone continue to cause symptoms, radiation therapy may be used.
Study represents the first larger, prospective population-screening study of MGUS in ethnically Chinese persons. Our findings are consistent with older studies showing that Asians have a fivefold lower incidence of multiple myeloma compared with whites, and are consistent with prior MGUS prevalence studies in Thailand (2.3%; 95% CI, 1.1%-4.6%),Korea (3.3%; 95% CI, 1.0%-4.2%),and Japan (2.1%; 95% CI, 1.9%-2.2%).