By Cynthia Chmielewski | Posted - Sep 10th, 2021





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

Understanding your lab values gives you a real advantage in the fight against myeloma. All the tests for light chains, bone marrow biopsies, genetic testing and other tests seem like burdens but each contribute to having an accurate picture of your cancer. 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

8.09    How do you measure free light chains?


8.1    Why is knowing your free light chain ratio important?


8.11    Why do a Bone Marrow Biopsy?


8.12    What genetic testing should an individual diagnosed with myeloma have done?


8.13    What is the MASS-FIX blood test?


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
  • Shaji Kumar, MD
  • Angela Dispenzieri, 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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