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TESTS YOU REALLY NEED

Baseline testing is required to:

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ASH 2011 presentations that address STEP 2

REFERENCES

©2011 International Myeloma Foundation

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Biopsies

BONE MARROW BIOPSIES

Bone marrow biopsies are performed routinely to diagnose myeloma. They are also used for periodic monitoring of myeloma during the course of treatment. Bone marrow biopsies provide information about the amount of disease, the type of disease, its aggressiveness, and molecular/genetic abnormalities that help to predict the disease course. They provide the only direct access to tumor cells for examination by a pathologist, so they are necessary even though they are invasive and can be painful. Moreover, because myeloma is patchy and is not distributed evenly throughout the bone marrow, bone marrow biopsies do not always present an accurate sample of what is occurring elsewhere in the marrow.

OTHER TISSUE BIOPSIES

Other tissue biopsies are performed less frequently to determine if myeloma is present outside the bone marrow, or in early stage disease, to biopsy a solitary plasmacytoma.

BIOPSIES
Mike Katz, IMF Board Member