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HealthTree University: Precursor Conditions (Part 1 of 3 - MGUS)
Posted: Nov 19, 2020
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Every single person who gets myeloma first has a precursor condition, and according to Dr. Bob Kyle of the Mayo clinic, who first discovered MGUS, every myeloma patient had MGUS at one point or another. Understanding the precursor conditions that come before the development of full-blown myeloma could help us prevent or cure the disease.

Below are some video excerpts from our HealthTree University curriculum to help you learn more about these important areas of your disease. We invite you to watch them all, and also visit HealthTree University and creating a HealthTree account. By creating a HealthTree account, in HealthTree University you can:

  • Save and keep track of your progress in the courses
  • Get points for answering quiz questions
  • Bookmark videos
  • Take notes
  • Earn prizes [COMING SOON]
  • And get access to all the other incredible features of HealthTree!




8.01 What are the precursor conditions of multiple myeloma?


8.02 What is MGUS? Is it cancer? How many people have MGUS, and how long can I have it?


8.03 How is MGUS monitored? Should I see a specialist or seek treatment?


8.04 How often should individuals diagnosed with MGUS have their myeloma markers retested?


We’d like to thank our faculty who donated their time in creating these videos, including:

  • Irene Ghobrial, MD of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Robert Kyle, MD of Mayo Clinic Rochester
  • Natalie Callander, MD of University of Wisconsin

Want more?

We have over 200 HealthTree University videos online at! Learn the basics (and the not-so-basics) of myeloma from some of the top myeloma doctors in the world!

Other HealthTree University Classes:

1 Myeloma Basics Part 1
2 Myeloma Basics Part 2
3 Myeloma Basics Part 3
4 Building Your Healthcare Team
5 Becoming an Empowered Patient
6 Starting Myeloma Treatment
7 Autologous Stem Cell Transplant (ASCT)
8 Precursor Conditions
9 Relapsed and Refractory MM Treatment
10 Myeloma Bone Disease
11 Blood and Urine Testing in Myeloma
12 Imaging in Myeloma
13 MRD Testing
14 Basic Genetics and Cancer Biology
15 Myeloma Genetics
16 Classes of Drugs
17 Know Your Therapy [BETA]
18 COVID-19 and Multiple Myeloma [BETA]

The author Cynthia Chmielewski

about the author
Cynthia Chmielewski

Cynthia (Cindy) Chmielewski is a professional educator and myeloma advocate. As a former teacher, she now teaches myeloma patients how to advocate for themselves as the Director of HealthTree University. You can follow her on Twitter @myelomateacher

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