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1800 200 700
Mon—Thurs 9am—7pm Fri 9am—5pm
Sometimes myeloma can be picked up on a routine blood test when you have no symptoms at all. Or else you may have symptoms that are vague. But as the condition develops it can affect your bone, blood and kidneys.
The most common symptoms of bone disease are:
The most common symptoms of blood problems are:
The most common symptoms of kidneys problems are:
Testing for myeloma when you have no symptoms is called screening. There is no myeloma screening programme in Ireland or anywhere else in the world. If you are worried about myeloma, contact your GP or the National Cancer Helpline 1800 200 700.
The following tests may be done to diagnose myeloma:
There are other tests that can give your doctor more information about the extent and severity of the disease. This is called staging.These include:
See also the booklet called Understanding Myeloma (pdf 2.54MB).
Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm