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Are multiple myeloma and plasma cell dyscrascia side effects of radiation therapy?

my husband had radiation therapy in 1986 while in the military for testicular cancer and discharged due to adverse affects from the radiation. In 2008 he started having medical issues turning out to be multiple myeloma, plasma cell dyscrascia. could the radiation therapy contributed to this
Wed, 7 Jan 2015
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Well, it is difficult to say conclusively. radiation therapy is known to cause certain cancers like thyroid, breast or lymphoma. Even amongst these cancers, radiation induced cancers form a small percentage. Only rarely does radiotherapy for a previous cancer lead to multiple myeloma. So it is almost impossible to ascribe it to your previous radiation although it is definitely a possibility.
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