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When would someone with multiple myeloma need emergency radiation treatment on their spine?

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If you have these sudden symptoms, you may need emergency radiation treatment on your spine:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Weakness in your legs
  • Problems urinating or controlling your bowel movements After radiation destroys your myeloma cells, your bone should grow back in that spot. With new, stronger bone, you should have less pain and a lower risk of breaks.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment Guide.”

University of Utah Health Care: “What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Multiple Myeloma.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Support for Bone-Related Problems.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Multiple Myeloma.”

University of California at San Diego Moores Cancer Center: “Total Body Irradiation (TBI).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 7, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment Guide.”

University of Utah Health Care: “What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Multiple Myeloma.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Support for Bone-Related Problems.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Multiple Myeloma.”

University of California at San Diego Moores Cancer Center: “Total Body Irradiation (TBI).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 7, 2018

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