Ever since I realized the implications of my MGUS and then SMM (well, to be precise, my 2005 bone marrow biopsy result talks about “multiple myeloma,” not “smoldering myeloma”…) diagnoses, I have been interested in studies about the progression of these two conditions to actively malignant myeloma.
A blog reader (thank you!) must have been reading my mind. He recently sent me a heap of studies dealing mainly with the issue of genetic codes in MGUS and myeloma, and that of the progression from MGUS to MM.
Even though it’s way too early to get into it all, one of these studies told me something that I didn’t know: chromosomal abnormalities, or translocations, occur in MGUS, too. So much for (my) believing that only myeloma folks developed wacky genes…At this point, though, I should reassure those with MGUS that a few abnormal chromosomes doesn’t mean that progression to myeloma is inevitable. Oh no, not at all. As I mentioned, though, it’s too early to get into it.
I just wanted to explain my silence, I guess. In the past couple of days I have been poring over piles of statistics, looking at graphs that make little or no sense to me, wading through discussions on translocations, not just those concerning the infamous chromosome 13 (deletion/non deletion), etc…and yes, I admit that it was all terribly overwhelming at first, but then I decided that I simply would try to understand what I possibly can…and set the rest aside, at least for the time being. After all, I cannot become an expert cytogeneticist overnight… As for posting a few words about these studies, well, I will give it a try. Soon, I hope.
In my free time, I have been following the interesting GMO (etc.) discussions on Fanatic Cook’s blog (I have a link here to her blog, just scroll down my Pages almost to the end). Among other items, she has a few interesting posts on genetically modified soy… I must say that I am full of admiration for this researcher, from whom I have learned so much…please visit her blog whenever you have a spare moment or two, you won’t regret it, I think. Here’s the general link: http://fanaticcook.blogspot.com/