For more than three decades, Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum has treated patients with blood disorders and cancer as a hematologist-oncologist. Practicing at Regional Cancer Care Associates, Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum has cared for thousands of patients over the years, in addition to undertaking clinical research on such conditions as multiple myeloma.
A type of blood cancer, multiple myeloma causes the body to release too much protein, which builds up and eventually damages the organs. Although scientists have not identified a specific cause, they have linked the condition to the presence of an abnormal plasma cell in the bone marrow. This abnormal cell rapidly multiplies and overwhelms healthy cell production, pushing healthy cells out of the bone marrow and leaving a high number of multiple myeloma cells.
This abnormal cell may be the result of either a mutation in the oncogenes, a part of the DNA that contains instructions for how to grow and divide cells, or an abnormality in the chromosomes. Several studies have revealed that people with multiple myeloma are missing parts of the 17th chromosome in their DNA, while others have found that people with the condition have one chromosome switched with another.