Interview on Multiple Myeloma: Things to Know about this Cancer

Did you know?

  • Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer that results in production of excess white blood cells, which accumulate in the bone marrow.
  • Nearly 114,096 new cases of multiple myeloma are diagnosed each year, and 229,468 people are living with the disease worldwide, according to Globocan.
  • There was a 30% increase in the incidence of multiple myeloma from 1975 to 2010. The good news, however, is that there has been a 57% increase in the total number of multiple myeloma survivors since 2001.

Although the cause of multiple myeloma is unknown, there is increasing understanding among scientists. While it is not a hereditary disease, research has found that genetic and environmental factors may influence its development.

Health Power’s President, Dr. Norma Goodwin interviewed Dr. Kenneth Anderson of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Terry and Diane Barter. Terry has been living with multiple myeloma for 14 years, and discusses his experience, including a treatment regimen that Dr. Richardson as well as Terry and Diane are confident has contributed much to his living well with multiple myeloma.

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