• Is kidney damage and kidney failure a side effect of multiple myeloma?

    Asked by MyelomaBeacon on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Is kidney damage and kidney failure a side effect of multiple myeloma?

    Just more stuff for me to worry about.

    5 Answers from the Community

    5 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Cancers have symptoms, treatments have side effects. Kidney damage or failure can result from advancing multiple myeloma. It can also be a side effect of certain drugs used in chemotherapy or for pain management. This are all just possibilities though. Each cancer and patient may react differently.

      over 4 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      My brother-in-law had kidney failure during the end stages of his battle with MM.

      He did have liver failure right before and I'm not sure if the kidney issues were from that.

      Good luck. Hoping the best for you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Therose's Avatar

      The treatment for MM has side effects personally when originally getting chemo (Valcade) I was told to always drink plenty of water to keep system flushed. To avoid possiblities of damage to other organ Kidney or Liver. In my case my doctor did not recommend use of radiation to avoid same type of damage. As Nancyjac had stated with each person depending upon your overall health of organs prior to diagnoses. Each cancer and patient may react differently. When I had autologous stem cell transplant there was people coming back for the second transplant. Thank God I am two days from my fifth new birthday. To avoid some side effects I personally try to use homeopathic things like for nausea I like ginger. When I take pills I seem to stay nauseated longer. Although this may not work for you. You must be your own advocate knowing your health when deciding on treatements and maintenance drugs. Which is worse side effect vs staying alive and having best quality of life.

      over 4 years ago
    • kaseylady's Avatar

      From the information I have read, and what my Dr., has told me both are a possibility. But I get lab test done at least 2 times a month. To check BUN along with lots of other test.

      over 4 years ago
    • LadyLib's Avatar

      I don't think kidney damage/failure is a side effect. However, it is an indicator of multiple myeloma (one of them). My husband went in with kidney failure. Through tests, they located MM. The explanation I received was that, the kidneys are our filters. When the kidneys cannot filter "good" blood, they struggle.

      about 4 years ago

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