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Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias

By Karthik Ramasamy and
Sagar Lonial

Published 2015

152 pages, 23 illustrations

ISBN 978-1-908541-95-6



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Multiple Myeloma accounts for approximately 0.8% of cancers worldwide, with about 114 000 new cases each year. Rapid progress is being made in the development of new treatments and, although myeloma is incurable at present, survival has almost tripled over the past 10 years and it is now projected that a third of patients will survive more than 10 years after diagnosis.

Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis for a favourable outcome, covers the ever-increasing role of genetics in diagnosis and treatment, and discusses new and gold-standard treatments. A chapter on supportive care also features and briefs the health care professional on long-term outcomes and quality of life issues. Primarily intended for primary care providers, specialist nurses, junior doctors and allied healthcare professionals, this highly readable resource provides a comprehensive overview of myeloma and other plasma cell dyscrasias, from bench to bedside, putting the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of these disorders in the context of daily clinical practice.


  • Epidemiology and etiology
  • Predisposing conditions associated with myeloma
  • Pathophysiology of myeloma and MGUS
  • Diagnosis, staging and monitoring of myeloma
  • Genetics and myeloma
  • Induction therapy for newly diagnosed myeloma
  • Transplantation and myeloma
  • Relapsed and refractory myeloma
  • Bone disease and renal complications in myeloma
  • AL amyloidosis
  • Rare plasma cell dyscrasias
  • Supportive care
  • Useful resources


“a very good overview suitable for a broad audience. It can be used as a quick reference guide for those working in the field.”
Dr Lee Greenberger, Chief Scientific Officer, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

“The latest addition to the Fast Facts series on multiple myeloma is a very welcome addition. The two authors, who are highly respected myeloma physicians, have produced a very clear, well-written and up-to-date review of myeloma and associated disorders. The diagrams, tables, illustrations and key points at the end of each chapter make the book easy-to-read and a welcome introduction to a complex disorder. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone new to the field including medical students, junior doctors, chemotherapy trained nurses, and to anyone keen to learn more about myeloma. This book provides an excellent grounding in the field.”
Professor Graham Jackson, Professor of Clinical Haematology, Newcastle University

“Very good reading, with easy-to-follow information.”
Anne-Marie Kelly, Myeloma Clinical Nurse Specialist, Haematology & Transplant Department, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, UK

“a comprehensive yet accessible handbook about myeloma and other plasma cell disorders, pitched at a good level for primary care practitioners, junior doctors and allied health care professionals.”
Maggie Lai, Scientific and Medical Education Specialist, Myeloma UK

“This book gives a thorough but concise explanation of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of myeloma, plasma cell dyscrasias and related disorders. It is a great resource to refer to when working with patients to help understand the consequences of their specific diagnosis and treatment.”
Rebecca Weeks, Support Services Coordinator, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand

“Our members find these books very useful references. The diagrams and tables are their favourite aspects of the books, and for the most part the content correctly identifies and clearly explains the key aspects of each topic.”
Nicholas Heberlein, Australian Medical Students’ Association, on Fast Facts Parkinson’s Disease 4e and Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias


The authors

Karthik Ramasamy

Consultant Haematologist, Churchill Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, UK

Sagar Lonial

Professor, Emory School of Medicine; Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology;
Director, Translational Research, B-cell Malignancy Program, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA


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