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.
A total of 8,316 deaths from cancer were recorded in 2010, equivalent to a mortality rate of 175 deaths per 100,000 per year. Cancer was the second leading cause of death in Ireland after diseases of the circulatory system. Cancer mortality rate was 35% higher in men than in women and cumulative lifetime risk of death from cancer was 1 in 8 for males and 1 in 10 for females.