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UndecidedThat soybeans are good for you! "There is much evidence suggesting that compounds present in soybeans can prevent cancer in many different organ systems." (Journal of Nutrition 1995;125(3 Suppl):733S-743S) I need to update nad expand on this topic come July.

 

 
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Wednesday, 12 May 2004

What is Muliple myeloma?  It is a malignancy (cancer) of the white blood cell, called a plasma cell. M-spike or M-protein: Monoclonal proteins found in the blood of those with multiple myeloma can be used as a way of indicating how far the myeloma disease has progressed.  The current M-spike is compared to previous M-spikes to determine if a particular treatment is helping halt the process of the mutiple myeloma.

In my case, three years ago the M-spike was 3.8. As the multiple myeloma progresses the M-spike goes up—there is an increase in the monoclonal proteins present in the blood—but the lastest M-spike reading for me was 3.1 which shows a decrease in the plasma cells (as of April 2009).

What is a Beta2-microglobulin? It is a protein found on the surface of many cells. Testing is done primarily when evaluating a person for certain kinds of cancer affecting white blood cells. These cancers include lymphocytic leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

Beta2-microglobulin is on the surface of white blood cells. Increased production or destruction of these cells causes Beta2-microglobulin levels in the blood to increase. The Beta2-microglobulin levels reflect how active the multiple myeloma is.

 


 

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My story and the way I am dealing with my multiple myeloma on this site is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other medical professional. Even though I have chosen this path to combat my cancer, I continue to see my oncologist and primary health physician on a quarterly basis and regularly have lab work to check on my progress--or lack of progress.