ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Multiple Myeloma, a cancer that affects the immune system, is treatable, says SLUCare’s Director of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program. Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lou Brock is currently undergoing treatment for the disease.
Dr. Mark Fesler says patients who go through his program typically require two to four months of chemotherapy.
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The cancer affects plasma cells inside bone marrow, which help make antibodies to fight infections, Fesler says.
After chemo, Fesler says doctors will extract stem cells from a patient’s blood, give the cells high doses of chemotherapy, then reinfuse the stem cells back into the person.
Multiple Myeloma is considered a blood cancer, Fesler says, but it also affects a person’s bones because the plasma cells it harms can expand and cause destruction in bones.
A news release from the Cardinals on Thursday said Brock was undergoing treatment for the cancer in St. Louis, but didn’t specify where he was at in the treatment process.