Myeloma is a relapsing remitting cancer, requiring treatment periodically. Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma is a cancer arising from plasma cells, a type of white blood cell which is made in the bone marrow.
Myeloproliferative neoplasms and Myelodysplastic syndrome
Some other conditions are closely related to blood cancers. They are similar because the cells grow in an uncontrolled way. But they tend to develop more slowly than blood cancers. There may be too many or too few of certain types of blood cells. The cells may be made too quickly and don’t mature properly. These cells come from myeloid stem cells, which are made in the bone marrow. The main conditions are:
ET, PV and MF belong to a group of conditions called myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). This is when the bone marrow makes too many of one or more types of blood cell.
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a blood disorder where some of the blood cells made in the bone marrow are damaged. This means that not enough healthy blood cells make it into the bloodstream. Some people with MPNs and MDS can develop leukaemia.