You’re not alone
Myeloma touches the lives of tens of thousands of Canadians every day
A national network of support
Whether you’re living with myeloma or caring for someone who is, you’re not alone. With a network of 45+ local support groups (and counting) across Canada, five Facebook support groups, and peer-to-peer support programs, there are many ways for you to connect with others who understand the journey you’re on.
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Myeloma (sometimes called “multiple myeloma”) is the 2nd most common form of blood cancer.
Myeloma is a blood A term for diseases in which malignant cells divide without control. Cancer cells can invade nearby tissues and spread through the bloodstream and lymphatic system to other parts of the body. associated with the abnormal behaviour and uncontrolled growth of Special white blood cells that produce antibodies. The malignant cell in myeloma. Normal plasma cells produce antibodies to fight infection. In myeloma, malignant plasma cells produce large amounts of abnormal antibodies that lack the capability to fight infection. The abnormal antibodies are the monoclonal protein, or M protein. Plasma cells also produce other chemicals that can cause organ and tissue damage (i.e. anemia, kidney damage and nerve damage). (a type of white blood The basic unit of any living organism.). The liquid part of the blood in which red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended. cells are made in the bone and are an important component of the body’s The complex group of organs and cells that produces antibodies to defend the body against foreign substances such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, and cancers. because they produce antibodies. However, in myeloma, too many plasma cells are produced and they “crowd out” other types of cells like red Minute structures produced in the bone marrow; they include red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. and platelets that our body needs to be healthy.
While myeloma is not yet curable, it is treatable. Tremendous advances in research are paving the way to finding a cure.
Who we are
Myeloma Canada is the only national charitable organization created by and for Canadians impacted by multiple myeloma. We are driven to improve the lives of those affected by myeloma by empowering our community through awareness, education, advocacy programs, and supporting Involving direct observation of a patient. research to find a cure. Since it was founded in 2005, Myeloma Canada has been making myeloma matter.