Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia is a type of lymphoma that is most often found in white males age 65 or over. It is considered to be an indolent lymphoma, spreading slowly. If detected early, Waldenstrom can be controlled easily.
Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia cancer cells are similar to those in multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In Waldenstrom’s, the body produces too much of a protein called immunoglobulin M (IgM). When this protein builds up, it can cause the blood to become thick, making it difficult to move through the blood vessels.
Cancer specialists at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center are experts in diagnosing and treating Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia. Our team works together to get you through your illness and to restore a sense of balance in your life.
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