Feb 7, 2022 Word for Word Media
Dr Lucille Sarah Singh sheds lights on how multiple myeloma affects the body and why indefinite follow-ups are needed. Mention breast or lung cancer and people generally know what it means: a cancer starting in the breast or in the lungs. However, mention multiple myeloma (MM) and most people have no frame of reference. Is there an organ or tissue called myeloma?  MM is a cancer arising in plasma cells which reside in our bone marrow. These plasma cells are an important part of our immune system as they produce antibodies. Abnormal plasma cells can still produce antibodies, albeit non-functional antibodies, which are secreted into the…

Aug 2, 2021 Word for Word Media
Olympian and former World Surfski Champion, Oscar Chalupsky, shares his upstream battle with multiple myeloma. Oscar Chalupsky (58) and his wife, Clare, alternate living in South Africa and Portugal. They have two adult children, Luke and Hannah. Success in the sports world started early for Oscar. He started competing internationally at age 14; made the National Surf Lifesaving Team at age 15; was the first person in the world to win both Junior and Senior Ironman, aged 15; played for KwaZulu-Natal Schools’ Rugby and SA Schools’ Water polo. He became the youngest canoe Springbok, at age 18, and was…

Feb 5, 2021 Word for Word Media
With March being Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, Dr Philippa Ashmore gives us a rundown on this bone marrow cancer and the increasing treatment options. Multiple myeloma (MM) is a common cancer of bone marrow. It’s most often seen in older adults, with a higher rate in black patients compared to Caucasians. It’s generally a chronic disease with little chance of cure, but with increasing treatment options, the quality and quantity of life for most patients has improved dramatically over the last two decades.  How does MM develop? The myeloma cell, or plasma cell, is an immune system cell that becomes cancerous. When this happens, it…

Mar 26, 2018 Word for Word Media

Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month is March; with that Dr Ronwyn van Eeden underlines what type of cancer it is, how it is caused and treated. What is multiple myeloma? Bone marrow is a spongy type material found inside our larger bones, such as the sternum, ribs, skull, hips and the long bones of arms and legs. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cells that are made in our bone marrow. Plasma cells form part of our immune system that is responsible for protecting us against infection and disease. They do this by producing different types of antibodies/immunoglobulins. Thus,…