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Second Cancers After Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia

Cancer survivors can have a number of health problems, but often their greatest concern is facing cancer again. If a cancer comes back after treatment it is called a recurrence. Unfortunately, being treated for one cancer doesn’t mean you can’t get another cancer. Some cancer survivors might develop a new, unrelated cancer later. This is called a second cancer. No matter what type of cancer you have had, it is still possible to get another (new) cancer, even after surviving the first. People who have had cancer can still get the same types of cancers that other people get. In fact, some types of cancer and cancer treatments can be linked to a higher risk of certain second cancers.

Survivors of WM can get any type of second cancer, but they have an increased risk of:

Can I lower my risk of getting a second cancer?

There are steps you can take to lower your risk and stay as healthy as possible. For example, Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia survivors should do their best to stay away from all tobacco products and tobacco smoke, as smoking increases the risk of many cancers.

To help maintain good health, Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia survivors should also:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight
  • Keep physically active and limit the time you spend sitting or lying down
  • Follow a healthy eating pattern that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and limits or avoids red and processed meats, sugary drinks, and highly processed foods
  • Not drink alcohol. If you do drink, have no more than 1 drink per day for women or 2 per day for men

These steps may also lower the risk of some other health problems.

See Second Cancers in Adults for more information about causes of second cancers.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team

Our team is made up of doctors and oncology certified nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as editors and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

Last Revised: June 9, 2020

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