Multiples myeloma: Compare Costs for a treatment abroad

If you were diagnosed with multiple myeloma, do not despair. This disease is treatable and if you got early diagnosis, your chances for recovery are high. On this portal you will find information about the most modern techniques of bone marrow transplantation and you will be able to get qualified help.

Below are listed methods of multiple myeloma treatment. By clicking on search results you will be able to find the most suitable clinic and best specialists in the field of this disease, check treatment prices and book the program you are interested in online.   

Booking Health offers the following options of treatment for this diagnosis.

Diagnostic
Price from
5288.00
Chemotherapy
Price from
7184.00
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
Price from
27072.00
Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation
Price from
162660.00
Cancer rehabilitation
Price from
403.00

Best hospitals for Multiples myeloma treatment

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Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid


With 900 beds and approximately 2,050 employees in two branches, the Alfried Krupp Hospital is one of the larger hospital institutions in Essen.

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Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid


With 900 beds and approximately 2,050 employees in two branches, the Alfried Krupp Hospital is one of the larger hospital institutions in Essen.

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About the disease

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cell. Plasma cell is a subtype of white blood cells, which creates antibodies that fight various infections, germs and harmful bacteria. In this type of cancer malignant cells accumulate and begin to grow in the bone marrow. Instead of generating antibodies, plasma cell begins to produce proteins which damage kidneys. Almost always multiple myeloma begins as a benign condition which later can become dangerous. It usually occurs on people older than 60. It was also proved that Black race has multiple myeloma twice as often as other races. Although it was not proved what cause multiple myeloma, it is believed that it develops if there are chromosome abnormalities.

Symptoms

  • Pain in spinal and chest bones
  • Constipation
  • Rapid loss weight
  • Weakness
  • Exposure to various infections
  • Thirst

This type of cancer is considered to be rare. In the United States risk of getting it during the lifetime is approximately 0.3%. 5-year survival rate is on average 48.5%. If cancer is localized, survival rate reaches 69.6%, if it reached other organs – survival rate is 47.4%. This disease represents approximately 1.8% of all cancer cases.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis usually includes series of tests, which can create a better picture of bone marrow problems.

  • Blood test can show if there is excessive amount of protein in blood, produced by plasma cells
  • Bone marrow biopsy can reveal myeloma cells and show if there are abnormalities in bone marrow structure
  • Kidney function test determines if kidney were damaged
  • Urine test shows M-proteins in urine

Treatment

  • Chemotherapy usually uses different kinds of chemo drugs to bring effective results to the patient and kill myeloma cells. They can be given through a vein or taken as a tablet.   
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are combined to destroy as many myeloma cells as possible, because in this type of cancer it is impossible to perform surgery on bone marrow and doctors need high doses of radiation beams and drugs to stop growth of malignant cells.
  • Bone marrow transplantation is a replacement of damaged bone marrow with the healthy one. This procedure is usually performed right after chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Before chemotherapy, which is likely to damage not only malignant but also healthy cells, doctor removes healthy stem cells, which will later be transplanted back. Then these stem cells will be able to generate healthy ones. If it is impossible to take healthy stem cells from a patient before chemotherapy, doctor can use donor's cells for the same purpose. This type of treatment is called allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. The best fit is the person who has similar genes, which means that siblings and parents are the most qualified donors for this purpose. Nevertheless, they will need to undergo special tests to see if their stem cells are compatible with cells of patient and if their cells will be able to function properly. If patient has no relatives, he can still find the donor with similar stem cells through special bone marrow registries.

With all these types of treatment patients are also prescribed drugs that reduce pain in bones and loss of their elasticity. In order to prevent further kidney complications some patients are recommended to undergo dialysis. If bone marrow transplantation was conducted on time, your chances of recovery are very high.