National Myeloma Awareness Day – 21 May 2014
Monday, 05 May 2014
- Myeloma is a plasma cell cancer that usually arises in the bone marrow
- Around 1,500 people a year, or four Australians every day are diagnosed with myeloma
- Patients surviving five years after their diagnosis has increased by 17% in Australia compared to two decades ago, however less than 50% of people survive beyond five years, meaning the need has never been greater to improve treatment and find a cure
National Myeloma Awareness Day, held on 21 May, is an opportunity to raise awareness about this plasma cell cancer and the support that is available.
Although myeloma is considered rare, its incidence is rising at one of the fastest rates of all blood cancers.
“Along with educating the public about myeloma, we hope that we can raise awareness about how the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland can help myeloma patients and their families,” said Scott Martin, the Foundation’s Myeloma Support Coordinator.
“Treatment for myeloma can often be a long and complicated process, so both practical and emotional support can make the process a bit easier.”
The Foundation offers free support groups, educational seminars, accommodation, counselling, the latest disease and treatment information, and grief and carer support programs to those people affected by myeloma.
The Foundation’s support staff are trained health professionals who are available throughout Queensland to assist patients, carers, and families.
“We’re looking forward to hosting several speakers at our official Myeloma Day event on May 21, including Associate Professor Peter Mollee, a consultant haematologist from the Princess Alexandra Hospital,” said Mr Martin.
The event is open to the public and will be held from 11.30am at the Foundation’s ESA Accommodation Village in Dutton Park. Other speakers will include Ms Trish Goody, a myeloma patient who will be sharing her experiences with the cancer, including the therapeutic benefits of art.
Additionally, two myeloma patients are available for associated interviews and photographs. Please contact us to organize any relevant media opportunities.
About the Leukaemia Foundation
The Leukaemia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that does not receive any ongoing government funding and relies on the support of individuals, sponsors and business partners to provide vital care for patients and families.
The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and blood related disorders.
For more information contact:
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
P: 07 3318 4423