Multiple Myeloma

In this article, we have covered the following:

  • Best Hospitals in India for treatment of Multiple Myeloma
  • Top Oncologists expertised in treating Multiple Myeloma
  • Cost of Treatment of Multiple Myeloma in India
  • Understanding Multiple Myeloma

Best Doctors and Hospitals in India for treatment of Multiple Myeloma

Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for the treatment of Multiple Myeloma.
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Doctor ImageDr. NameSpecialtyHospital AssociatedContact DoctorCity
Dr. Rahul BhargavaDr. Rahul BhargavaHaemato OncologistFortis Memorial Research InstituteGurgaon
Dr. Vikas DuaDr. Vikas DuaHaemato OncologistFortis Memorial Research InstituteGurgaon
Dr. Prantar ChakrabartiDr. Prantar ChakrabartiHaemato OncologistFortis Hospital AnandapurKolkata
Dr. satya prakash yadavDr. Satya Prakash YadavHaemato OncologistMedanta - The MedicityGurgaon
Dr Hari GoyalDr. Hari GoyalHaemato OncologistArtemis HospitalGurgaon
Dr Santanu SenDr. Santanu Sen Haemato OncologistKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani HospitalMumbai
Dr. Shishir SethDr. Shishir SethHaemato OncologistIndraprastha Apollo HospitalNew Delhi
Dr Dharma ChoudharyDr. Dharma ChoudharyHaemato OncologistBLK Super Specialty HospitalDelhi
Dr. Sharat DamodarDr. Sharat DamodarBone Marrow TransplantNarayana Multispeciality HospitalBangalore

Doctor ImageDr. NameSpecialtyHospital AssociatedContact DoctorCity
Dr. Vinod RainaDr. Vinod Raina Medical OncologistFortis Memorial Research InstituteGurgaon
Dr Niti Raizada NarangDr. Niti Raizada NarangMedical OncologistFortis HospitalBangalore
Dr. Ashok Kumar VaidDr. Ashok Kumar VaidMedical OncologistMedanta - The MedicityGurgaon
Dr Rakesh ChopraDr. Rakesh ChopraMedical OncologistArtemis HospitalGurgaon
Dr RajasundaramDr RajasundaramMedical OncologistGlobal HospitalsChennai
Dr Bellarmine LawrenceDr Bellarmine Vincent LawrenceMedical OncologistGlobal HospitalsChennai
Dr Amit AgarwalDr. Amit AgarwalMedical OncologistBLK Super Specialty HospitalDelhi
Dr Boman DhabharDr. Boman Nariman DhabharMedical OncologistWockhardt HospitalsMumbai

Cost of Treatment

The cost of treatment for Myeloma would be generally in the range of USD 4000-10,000 for traditional treatment. However, if Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant (see below) is done, the same would cost between USD 25,000-37,000 depending on the type of transplant (allogenic or autologous).

Understanding Multiple Myeloma

  • First noted in 1848, MM is characterized by a abnormal multiplication of malignant plasma cells involving more than 10% of total bone marrow
  • More commonly reported in two or more first-degree relatives and in identical twins
  • No evidence suggests a hereditary transmission of the disease
  • The male-to-female ratio is approximately 3:2
  • African Americans are twice as likely as whites to have myeloma, with a ratio of 2:1. Myeloma is rare in people of Asian descent
  • The 5-year relative survival rate is around 46.6%.
  • Higher in younger people and lower in the elderly

Risk Factors

Increased risk of developing MM in individuals with: 

  1. Significant exposures of chemicals in the agriculture, food, and petrochemical industries
  2. An increased risk has been reported in farmers, especially in those who use fertilizers and insecticides
  3. Long-term exposure to hair dyes for more than 20 years has been related to an excessive risk of developing MM
  4. Radiation exposure
  5. Chronic inflammation
  6. Infection

Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma

Symptoms of MM include the following:

  • Bone pain (70%)
  • Pathologic fractures
  • Weakness, malaise
  • Bleeding, anemia
  • Infection (often bacterial)
  • Increased calcium level(30%)
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Renal failure
  • Neuropathies

Investigations required for Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

  • Complete blood count including differential counts
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • Comprehensive metabolic level like renal function & liver function test
  • 24-hour urine collection for quantification of the Bence Jones protein , protein, and creatinine clearance; proteinuria greater than 1 g of protein in 24 hours is a major criterion
  • C-reactive protein
  • Serum viscosity in patients with CNS symptoms, nosebleeds, or very high M protein levels

Imaging studies

  • Simple X ray for the evaluation of skeleton lesions; skeletal survey, including the skull, long bones, and spine
  • MRI for detecting thoracic and lumbar spine lesions, paraspinal involvement, and early cord compression
  • PET scan

Treatment of Multiple Myeloma

The treatment options for Myeloma are:

  • Chemotherapy and immuno-suppression
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Bone marrow transplant / Stem cell Transplant

Bone Marrow Transplant is considered the best treatment for Myeloma today. Please read the following article for more details on the procedure:

Bone Marrow Transplant: Best Hospitals, Doctors & Cost in India  (Click to Visit Page)

Note (for foreign patients):

Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.

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