By Cynthia Chmielewski | Posted - Sep 2nd, 2021





HealthTree University: Know Your Labs: Blood and Urine Testing in Myeloma (Part 2/3)

Understanding your lab values gives you a real advantage in the fight against myeloma. It's hard to know everything right away - What is an SPEP? UPEP? And what are light chains? Watch the following HealthTree University videos to get up to speed on this important aspect of your disease. You can watch the entire course at

8.05    What is a Serum Protein Electrophoresis (SPEP)?


8.06    What tests are done on a 24-hour urine sample? Why are they still necessary?


8.07    What is urine protein electrophoresis (UPEP) and is it still used?


8.08    What are light chains, how are light chains reported, and why?


We’d like to thank our faculty who donated their time in creating these videos, including:

  • Natalie Callander, MD
  • Cesar Rodriguez Valdes, MD
  • Rafael Fonseca, MD
  • Alexander Lesokhin, MD

Want more?

We have over 200 HealthTree University videos online at! Learn the basics (and the not-so-basics) of myeloma from some of the top myeloma doctors in the world!


Cynthia Chmielewski
About the Author

Cynthia Chmielewski - Cynthia Chmielewski is a professional educator and myeloma advocate. As a former teacher, she now teaches myeloma patients how to advocate for themselves as the Director of HealthTree University.


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