Our goal is to improve the quality of life and care for people at a local level by means of:
•social support through networking and outreach
• greater public awareness
• improved access to new treatments
• support of clinical research and more clinical trials ensuring new treatments are available closer to home when a current one is no longer successful.
Greater community awareness and knowledge offer earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Research, education, access to new therapies in a timely fashion, and quality health care are the best ways to aid longer survival until a cure is found. Although there is no cure yet new research holds great promise. Our joy will be the day we are no longer needed. But until then we want to make a difference and hope you do too by making a donation.
Your generous support is appreciated and invaluable to those living with multiple myeloma.
About Vancouver Island Multiple Myeloma Support Group Society
What is Multiple Myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is cancer of the plasma cells. Plasma cells are white blood cells that produce disease and infection fighting antibodies in the body. Myeloma cells prevent the normal production of antibodies, leaving the body’s immune system weakened and susceptible to infection. Myeloma may be referred to as a blood, bone marrow, or plasma cell cancer. Myeloma cells may travel through the blood stream and collect in other bones or sites so it is often referred to as multiple myeloma.
Once considered a rare cancer, primarily of the elderly, it is being diagnosed more frequently and in younger people.