How Is AMYLOIDOSIS Treated?
Amyloidosis is similar to Myeloma, an uncommon cancer occurring in the plasma cells, so many of the same treatments used for myeloma are also used to treat amyloidosis. They include:
- Drug therapy, including chemotherapy or steroid treatments
- Stem cell transplantation
- Radiation therapy
The exact cause of amyloidosis is largely unknown, but several factors may contribute to a person’s risk of developing the disease, including:
- Age – People over 50 are more likely to have amyloidosis.
- Medical History – If you have a chronic inflammatory disease, your risk for amyloidosis may be increased.
- Genetics – A family history of amyloidosis of multiple myeloma has also increase your risk. Between 10 and 15 percent of people with multiple myeloma also have amyloidosis.