Myeloma

A Leader in Diagnosing and Treating Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma (also called Kahler's disease) is a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells.

The hematopathologists at Hartford HealthCare are true experts in their field, with nationally-recognized reputations. Our leading-edge hematologic cancer treatments include extensive molecular studies that target drugs to specific mutations. It's hard to match this level of truly personalized cancer care, and the access to clinical trials with our partner Memorial Sloan Kettering. The Cancer Institute is also one of the few centers in Connecticut with specialized orthopedic oncology experts treating bony complications of myeloma, and offering stereotactic body radiation for painful lesions in myeloma.

Meet Our Myeloma Specialists

With improved medications and new medical technologies, we are expanding treatment possibilities for patients with hematologic cancers. Our compassionate care includes experienced oncology nurses, friendly laboratory technicians and convenient infusion services.


What are Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma?

Myeloma symptoms may not be present or may be non-specific, such as loss of appetite, bone pain or fever. Some people may experience:

  • Pain the the back or other bones
  • Anemia, fatigue and/or loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Hypercalcemia - a condition in which the calcium level in your blood is above normal
  • Kidney damage
  • Weight loss

What are Treatments for Multiple Myeloma?

The treatment for multiple myeloma may include:

  • Chemotherapy and other drugs
  • Bisphosphoates - a group of medicines that slow down or prevent bone loss
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Plasmapheresis - a blood plasma exchange

What are Risk Factors for Multiple Myeloma?

  • Age - most people diagnosed with this cancer are at least 65 years old
  • Gender - men are slightly more likely to develop multiple myeloma
  • Ethnicity - African Americans are twice as likely to develop multiple myeloma as compared with white Americans
  • Radiation - people who have been exposed to radiation from an atomic bomb blast
  • Family history - people with a parent or sibling who has had myeloma are 4 times more likely to develop the cancer
  • Obesity

How is Multiple Myeloma Diagnosed?

If symptoms suggest that a person might have multiple myeloma, lab tests on blood and/or urine, x-rays of the bones, and a bone marrow biopsy are usually done.



Meet our Myeloma Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Alekshun, Todd Joseph, MD
860.258.2375
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Wethersfield
Firshein, Stephen Ira, MD
860.258.2375
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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Giove, Lawrence M., MD
860.246.6647
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
Gorusu, Madhavi, MD
860.258.2375
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Wethersfield
  • Avon
  • Enfield
  • Farmington
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