We use blood and urine tests to check for high levels of abnormal substances, such as specific types of protein. We may also perform a bone marrow biopsy, a procedure to take a tissue sample. Doctors who diagnose blood disorders, hematopathologists, evaluate the sample to determine the type of multiple myeloma and how advanced it is.
Imaging tests, including X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), help us pinpoint and measure bone damage.
We may perform other assessments, including genomic testing, to determine the most appropriate treatment therapies for your situation.
For complex cases, blood cancer experts, hematopathologists, radiologists and other specialists gather in meetings called tumor boards. We discuss the diagnosis in detail so you receive appropriate care right from the start.