About Myeloma UK

Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with myeloma – their ultimate goal is to find a cure.

 

They are dedicated to ensuring that patients get access to the right treatment at the right time, and to improving standards of treatment and care through research, education and raising awareness.

 

Myeloma UK also provides a range of information and support services to patients, family and friends to help deal with a diagnosis of myeloma.

 

They receive no government funding and rely almost entirely on voluntary donations and fundraising.

 

To find out more visit: www.myeloma.org.uk, or follow them on Twitter: /MyelomaUK and Facebook: /MyelomaUK.

 

About myeloma

 

Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. It originates in the bone marrow and currently affects around 17,500 people in the UK.

 

Whilst treatable, myeloma is not yet curable.

 

Treatment aims to control the myeloma, relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. It generally leads to periods of remission but patients inevitably relapse requiring further treatment.

 

This is why it is vital that we invest in research, and support access to the best treatment and care for myeloma patients.

 

Key facts

 

  • Every year 5,700 new cases of myeloma are diagnosed in the UK – that’s 15 cases every day

 

  • Myeloma is a complex cancer with non-specific symptoms which can make it difficult to diagnose

 

  • In the last 10 years, with improvements in treatment and care, survival rates are increasing faster than most other cancers

 

  • Despite this, myeloma has one of the highest rates of delay in diagnosis and one of the worst survival rates among all cancers

Film ‘What is myeloma?’ https://youtu.be/9nadchkvOy8

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