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Plasma Cell Neoplasms (Including Multiple Myeloma) Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stage Information About Plasma Cell Neoplasms

Table 3. Risk Groups for Multiple Myeloma

Risk GroupCytogenetic FindingsDisease CharacteristicsMedian Survival
FISH = fluorescencein situ hybridization.
Good riskHas any of the following cytogenetic findings: (1) no adverse FISH or cytogenetics, (2) hyperdiploidy, (3) t(11;14) by FISH, or (4) t(6;14) by FISH.These patients most often have (1) disease that expresses IgG kappa monoclonal gammopathies and (2) lytic bone lesions.8-10 years
Intermediate riskt(4;14) by FISHThese patients often have IgA lambda monoclonal gammopathies and less bone disease.5 years
High riskHas any of the following cytogenetic findings: (1) del 17p by FISH, (2) t(14;16) by FISH, (3) cytogenetic del 13, (4) hypodiploidy, (5) 1q gain, or (6) plasma cell leukemia.These patients have (1) disease that expresses IgA lambda monoclonal gammopathies (often) and (2) skeletal-related complications (less often).<2 years


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This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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