Plasmacytoma – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Plasmacytoma is the cancer of the plasma cells or the white blood cells that produce antibodies. It usually starts as a tumor made up of abnormal plasma cells that often develop within the bone. When the tumor grows in a site other than bone, it is known as an extramedullary plasmacytoma.

There are two kinds of plasmacytoma:

  • Solitary plasmacytoma – This is a single tumor plasmacytoma.
  • Multiple myelomas – These are multiple plasmacytomas.

Known side effects of plasmacytoma

The side effects of plasmacytoma usually include pain, pathological fracture, and spinal cord compression.

Meanwhile, the side effects of multiple myeloma may include:

  • Anemia – May cause breathlessness, tiredness, and weakness.
  • Bone pain or fractures
  • Hypercalcemia – May cause bowel and kidney problems, dehydration, thirst, and weakness.
  • Leukopenia/low white cells – May cause recurrent infections like pneumonia.
  • Neurological symptoms – May cause back pain, numbness, or weakness.
  • Thickened blood – May cause confusion, dizziness, and stroke.
  • Kidney symptoms – May cause breathlessness, itching, swelling, and weakness.

Risk factors for plasmacytoma have yet to be identified. However, some possible factors may include airborne toxins, industrial solvents, and radiation.

Meanwhile, individuals may have a higher risk of developing multiple myeloma if they:

  • Are African-American
  • Are also exposed to radiation
  • Are male
  • Are older than 50
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Are working in the petroleum industry

Body systems harmed by plasmacytoma

Multiple myelomas, which are multiple plasmacytomas, may cause the following complications:

  • Anemia – This can be treated with erythropoietin, which is a medication that stimulates the body’s production of red blood cells.
  • Back pain – This can be treated with medications or a back brace.
  • Bone loss – This can be slowed or prevented with drug therapy.
  • Kidney complications – These can be treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant.
  • Infections 

Food items or nutrients that may prevent plasmacytoma

The following foods or nutrients can help prevent plasmacytoma or increase blood plasma:

  • Protein – Following a diet full of protein-rich foods can help boost plasma in the bloodstream. Sources include cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, milk, and yogurt.
  • Triglycerides – Triglycerides are important for the development of blood plasma and it is found in cholesterol and carbohydrates. You can boost your triglyceride levels by eating a healthy amount of fat. However, only consume small amounts of cholesterol to safely increase your triglyceride levels.
  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C can help increase ascorbic acid, which is a crucial component of blood plasma. Eat lots of fruit regularly to increase your ascorbic acid intake.

Treatments, management plans for plasmacytoma

Solitary plasmacytoma is usually treated using radiotherapy or surgery.

While there is no cure for multiple myeloma, there are treatments that can help ease the pain, minimize complications, and slow the progression of the condition. Treatments are recommended if the patient’s condition worsens.

A healthcare professional won’t suggest treatment if a patient doesn’t experience any side effects. Medical experts may closely monitor your condition for any signs that the disease is progressing. Monitoring may include regular blood and urine tests.

Treatment for multiple myeloma may include biological therapy, chemotherapy, corticosteroids, radiation therapy, stem cell transplants, and targeted therapy.

Alternative medicine, which can also help ease the symptoms of multiple myeloma and any side effects of treatment for the condition, may include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation methods

Where to learn more

Summary

Plasmacytoma is the cancer of the plasma cells or the white blood cells that produce antibodies.

The side effects of plasmacytoma usually include pain, pathological fracture, and spinal cord compression.

Multiple myeloma/multiple plasmacytomas may cause complications like anemia, back pain, bone loss, kidney complications, and infections.

Protein, triglycerides, and vitamin C can help prevent plasmacytoma or increase blood plasma.

Solitary plasmacytoma is usually treated using radiotherapy or surgery.

While there is no cure for multiple myeloma, there are treatments that can help ease the pain, reduce complications, and slow the progression of the condition. Treatments are recommended if the patient’s condition worsens.

Alternative medicine, which can also help ease the symptoms of multiple myeloma and any side effects of treatment for the condition, may include acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, meditation, and relaxation methods.

Sources include

MedicineNet.com

DermNetNZ.org

Healthline.com

Healthfully.com



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