Plasma cells are a type of B-lymphocyte white blood cell that helps fight infection.

More than 4,000 people find out they have myeloma each year in the UK. There are several different types, but each type falls into one of two groups:

  • smouldering or asymptomatic myeloma, where you have no symptoms or tissue damage, or
  • symptomatic myeloma, where you have symptoms or tissue damage.
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