Can multiple myeloma affect the lungs?
Yes, multiple myeloma can have pulmonary implications. The disease can lead to amyloidosis where abnormal protein deposits might accumulate in the lungs, potentially affecting respiratory function. Furthermore, some myeloma treatments, especially certain chemotherapy agents, can cause pulmonary toxicity. Common manifestations might include shortness of breath, cough, and decreased oxygen levels. Additionally, as multiple myeloma patients are often immunocompromised, there is an increased risk of respiratory infections. Regular pulmonary function tests and monitoring can be beneficial. It is imperative for patients to report any respiratory symptoms to their healthcare team.