Multiple myeloma is a kind of cancer which affects the plasma cell. In India per year about 16000 new patient are diagnosed. According to the survey 22000 patients are diagnosed in USA. Incidence rate in India is much lower than the US. Multiple myeloma results cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, and they crowd out healthy blood cells. In spite of producing helpful antibodies, those cancer cell produces unhealthy protein that may result in kidney problem.
Signs and symptoms related to multiple myeloma can differ and, at initial stage, there may be none.
When signs and symptoms do occur, they can include:
- Bone pain
- Loss of appetite
- Mental fogginess or confusion
- Frequent infections
- Weight loss
- Weakness or numbness in your legs
- Excessive thirst
If there are persistent signs and symptoms which match the above list should visit a doctor urgently. If this disease is diagnosed one may have to undergo various treatment procedures depending on the stage they are in and severity of the disease, which may range from high dose medications to multiple myeloma surgery, India-based several hospitals provides the treatments and diagnosis.
- Pump iron
Anaemia, or a lack of red blood cell count, is a commonly observed symptom in people with multiple myeloma. When cancer affected plasma cells in your blood multiply, it leaves no space for red blood cells. Essentially, the number of cancer cells increases rapidly and affects the healthy ones.
A lowered number of red blood cell count may result in a variety of problems, including fatigue, weakness, feeling cold. Low levels of iron presence in your blood may also cause anaemia. If anaemia is developed because of multiple myeloma, it may be suggested by your doctor to have more foods containing iron. An increased amount in iron levels can help you feel comparatively more energetic and will also help your body to grow more healthy red blood cells.
Good sources of iron include:
- Lean red meat
- Bell peppers
- Brussel sprouts
- Sweet potatoes
- Tropical fruits, such as mango, papaya, pineapple, and guava
Kidney disease in some people in also caused because of Multiple myeloma. It can also cause a breakdown of bone. This is important because calcium is released by bone into your blood. A protein is developed because of the cancerous plasma cell and that goes into your bloodstream.
One can protect his/her kidney by adjusting the diet in accordance with the functioning of kidney. The amount of salt, alcohol, protein, and potassium a person consumes needs to be revised. A person with a severely damaged kidney needs to restrict the quantity of water and other fluids he or she consumes.
- Bulk up on fiber
Some chemotherapy drugs can cause constipation. Increase your fiber intake and drink plenty of water. Foods that are high in fiber include:
- Whole grains (for ex., oatmeal and brown rice)
- Dried fruits (for ex., raisins, figs, apricots, prunes)
- Apples, oranges and pears
- Lentils, Nuts, and beans.
- Broccoli, artichokes, and carrots
For anyone who is suffering from multiple myeloma, it is a challenge to go through it. To live better with such a disease it is very important to follow good diet. A body going through high doses of medications, therapies the body needs nutritional diet to stay strong. Especially, when a body goes through multiple myeloma surgery, India- based doctors suggest intake of fresh fruits and vegetables which is easily available all around us.