Be Sure: 4 Tests For Multiple Myeloma

hand holding blood testUsually, after you meet with your doctor for the first time to discuss the possibility of having multiple myeloma (MM), the next step is going through a series of tests. But, what tests can you expect? Read on to find out.

1. Blood tests

Blood tests reveal so much. When it comes to multiple myeloma, doctors look for M proteins, as well as another abnormal protein called beta-2-microglobulin. Measurement of free kappa and free lambda light chains also plays a key role in diagnosis. These tests give doctors a better idea of how aggressive the cancer is.

2. Urine tests

Urine tests also reveal M proteins; however, when M proteins are detected in urine, they’re called Bence Jones proteins.

3. Bone marrow samples

Your doctor may need to take a sample of your bone marrow for testing. While many folks say the process is painful…