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The IWMF raised more than five million dollars for WM medical research

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The IWMF raised more than 60 support groups in North America and nearly 20 others world-wide

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The IWMF has a current worldwide membership of nearly 4,000

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IWMF-TALK is a wonderful place to share information and learn from other survivors

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Each year 1,500 new cases of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia are diagnosed in the USA

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Volunteers at the IWMF Telephone Lifeline are waiting to share their experiences with you

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You can order DVD recordings of past WM Educational Forums online or by mail

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All IWMF programs and services are funded by WM survivors, caregivers, friends, and family

Blood Tests Explained

One of the primary means of assessing a WM patient's disease status is periodic blood tests.  Among the more common test sets are the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), Complete Blood Count (CBC), and Immunoglobulins.  Below you will find links to PDF documents that explain the reference ranges (range of normal values) for each item in each of the sets, along with an explanation of the significance of an above or below normal value.

 

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) - a panel of blood tests which serves as a rough check of kidney function, liver function, and electrolyte and fluid balance.

 

Complete Blood Count (CBC) - panel of blood tests that gives informaton about the essenstial components in the blood

 

Immunoglobulins (Ig) - test of the levels of antibodies produced by B-cells and plasma cells.

 

 

Please note, reference ranges can vary by age, sex, methods of testing, and other factors.  There are no internationally established reference ranges; instead, each laboratory tests a population and establishes its own reference ranges.  Therefore, reference ranges quoted are only approximate.  Also, units of measure can vary by country, and efforts have been made here to provide units of measure that have been found to be those most commonly used in various parts of the world.