By Cynthia Chmielewski | Posted - Jun 10th, 2020





HealthTree University: Multiple Myeloma Basics Part 1 (2 of 3)

It’s important to be informed about the details of your disease! What happens before myeloma develops? What is your body supposed to do normally and what goes wrong when myeloma develops? What are the different types of myeloma? All these questions and more are answered in these video excerpts from our HealthTree University curriculum.

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1.07 - What are precursor conditions of multiple myeloma? 

Myeloma occurs when our plasma cells mutate and they usually produce too much of one type of useless antibody. But what is supposed to be going on in our body normally?


  • Alexander Lesokhin, MD of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Natalie Callander, MD of University of Wisconsin

1.08 - What is a monoclonal protein and how is it detected?

You may have heard of the M-spike, an important measure of how your myeloma is doing. But what is it, how do we detect it, and why does it matter?


  • Alexander Lesokhin, MD of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

1.09 - What are the different types of plasma cell disorders?

Is myeloma the only blood disease where abnormal plasma cells develop?


  • Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, MD of Washington University in St. Louis

1.10 - What are the different types of myeloma?

Is all myeloma the same? Or are there lots of types of myeloma? Can a person have more than one type of myeloma in their body at the same time?


  • Keith Stockerl-Goldstein of Washington University in St. Louis

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!

Other HealthTree University Classes:

  1. Myeloma Basics Part 1
  2. Myeloma Basics Part 2
  3. Myeloma Basics Part 3
  4. Building Your HealthCare Team
  5. Becoming an Empowered Patient
  6. Starting Myeloma Treatment
  7. Autologous Stem Cell Transplant (ASCT)
  8. Precursor Conditions
  9. Relapsed and Refractory MM Treatment
  10. Myeloma Bone Disease
  11. Testing, Monitoring MM Markers
  12. [BETA] Multiple Myeloma Genetics and Precision Medicine
  13. Classes of Myeloma Drugs
  14. [BETA] COVID-19 and Multiple Myeloma
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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