Geraldine Ferraro Passes from Multiple Myeloma. What kind of cancer is that?

Geraldine Ferraro passed away today after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the blood forming tissues (bone marrow).   There are treatment for this disease and a person can live a long time with this disease.  New treatments may be emerging every day. 

Geraldine Ferraro was a great American — Google her and read about her life.  She was a Democrat in the great tradition of REAL Democrats like JFK and FDR.   Ms. Ferraro was a very inspirational person who should be remembered fondly by all Americans.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of your plasma cells, a type of white blood cell present in your bone marrow. Plasma cells normally make proteins called antibodies to help you fight infections.

Here is a link for symptoms of Multiple Myeloma — keep in mind that this disease has symptoms very similar to many other diseases that are far less serious, so don’t jump to conclusions.

In multiple myeloma, a group of abnormal plasma cells (myeloma cells) multiplies, raising the number of plasma cells to a higher than normal level. Since these cells normally make proteins, the level of abnormal proteins in your blood also may go up. Health problems caused by multiple myeloma can affect your bones, immune system, kidneys and red blood cell count.

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