Our team is raising money in support of Myeloma Canada and Dad by participating in the Multiple Myeloma March.
Multiple myeloma, commonly referred to as myeloma, is a cancer of the plasma cells found in the bone marrow. A plasma (blood) cell is a type of immune cell that produces antibodies to fight infection. The cause or causes of myeloma remain unknown.
Every day, 8 Canadians are diagnosed with myeloma, with an average age of diagnosis in the mid-sixties. Despite a growing prevalence, it remains relatively unknown. With the aging population and new and better treatments, the number of patients living with the disease will continue to increase.
Although there is yet no cure, myeloma is treatable, with many patients going on to lead full lives for years after diagnosis. With increasing research and emerging treatments, the overall outlook for patients is improving steadily.