Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells. It is synonymous with "myeloma" and "plasma cell myeloma." Plasma cells make antibodies against infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. A cancerous or malignant plasma cell is called a myeloma cell. Myeloma is called “multiple” because there are frequently multiple patches or areas in bone marrow where it grows.
In 2006, the IMF founded the Nurse Leadership Board® as a professional partnership to represent oncology nurses who are experts in the care of multiple myeloma patients at leading medical centers. The NLB is improving the nursing care and self-care of patients with multiple myeloma via consensus publications, symposia, multimedia, and research.