NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Multiple Myeloma - page 9

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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Multiple Myeloma, Version 1.2014
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About multiple myeloma
What are plasma cells?
only one type of antibody, which is designed to attack
the specific germ that is causing the infection or
illness. There are five types of antibodies, and each
differs in how it fights germs. Without enough different
plasma cells to make all five types of antibodies in
response to germs, the body can’t fight illnesses.
Plasma cells also play an important role in the
maintenance of bone health. They are part of the
repair process that keeps your bones healthy. Plasma
cells recognize weaknesses in your bones and
release hormones that recruit other cells to break
down damaged bone and create new bone to repair.
Figure 1.1
Blood cells in bone
marrow
Figure 1.2
Blood stem cells make
all types of blood cells
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Blood stem cell
Platelets
Red blood
cells
B-cell
T-cell
Plasma cell
Granulocytes
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