March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month and there is significant help and support available for myeloma patients.
Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell that normally fights infections. Myeloma occurs when one of these early B cells becomes genetically mutated and then replicates quickly, crowding out normal cells. Because these myeloma cells multiply at a faster rate than normal cells and don't die when they should, one antibody will grow out of control and eventually crowd out other plasma cells.
If not treated, the myeloma cells can:
You can find help to navigate your multiple myeloma with support from the Myeloma Crowd by HealthTree. This includes help through a variety of ways and programs:
If you need help navigating your multiple myeloma, please call us at 1-800-709-1113. We have a team of Patient Navigators that can answer your questions and direct you to the correct resources.
about the author
Myeloma survivor, patient advocate, wife, mom of 6. Believer that patients can help accelerate a cure by weighing in and participating in clinical research. Founder of HealthTree Foundation (formerly Myeloma Crowd).