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Myeloma Awareness Month 2022

May is Myeloma Awareness Month, a chance to highlight this relatively rare blood cancer which around 18,000 Australians are currently living with.

Throughout May, we’ll be sharing a wealth of resources on myeloma, including tips for living well and self care, research highlights, and patient stories.

 

What is myeloma?

Around 18,000 Australians are currently living with myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, which is a complex and relatively rare blood cancer affecting the body’s plasma cells, the cells that produce antibodies.

Myeloma develops when plasma cells undergo a cancerous change to become myeloma cells, multiplying at an increasing rate and taking over the bone marrow.

Over 80% of people diagnosed with myeloma are aged 60 and over, and it is slightly more prevalent in men. Patients experience weaker bones more prone to breaking, as well as anaemia, bone pain, kidney damage, frequent infections and increased bleeding and bruising.

2,423 people are diagnosed each year*, however it is expected that will increase to almost 5,000 people by 2035. Sadly, 1,098 Australians lose their life to myeloma each year, and this is projected to rise to 3,037 by 2035.

Find out more about myeloma here.

*Source: 2021 Cancer Data in Australia, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Online support group: Self Care

11 May 2022, 7pm AEST

The diagnosis of blood cancer is ‘a marathon, not a sprint’. Taking care of ourselves & others is a key ingredient in how one paces themselves for this ‘marathon’.

Additional support groups will also run on 19 May (young adults), 27 May (general support), and 30 May (men’s group).

 

Webinar: Understanding blood cancer and the brain

25 May, 11am AEST

In this webinar, you will hear about what ‘cancer related cognitive impairment’ is, why it happens and strategies to manage it.

View all of our upcoming events here.

Recorded webinar: Myeloma diagnosis, symptoms, side effects and current treatment

Dr Hasib Sidiqi discusses updates on treatment options for myeloma in Australia, outlining the current and possible future therapies utilised for early right through to advanced disease.

Recorded webinar: Future directions in myeloma management and treatment

The Leukaemia Foundation & Myeloma Australia partnered together for this education seminar, presented by leading Australian myeloma experts.

Recorded webinar: Exploring real life with blood cancer – the mind and body experience

In this webinar, we discussed the long term and often chronic nature of blood cancer and its treatments, along with holistic approaches to manage the impact of these on the life of someone with a blood cancer.

Recorded webinar: Palliative care – discovering all there is to know

In this webinar, we discussed the long term and often chronic nature of blood cancer and its treatments, along with holistic approaches to manage the impact of these on the life of someone with a blood cancer.

Read more myeloma stories

You can view our collection of myeloma research news and patient stories in our news portal here.

Sign up to receive Myeloma News

Myeloma News is our e-newsletter filled with myeloma research updates, treatment news, and inspiring stories from patients. Sign up to receive Myeloma News here.

Join the Myeloma Network group on Facebook

An Australian network for people with myeloma to share experiences, information and research news. Join it here.

Listen to our Talking Blood Cancer podcasts

Tune in as we talk to people with blood cancer and their loved ones and discover personal inspiration and meaning.