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multiple myeloma survivors, family members, caregivers and friends.

Our group was formed in August 1997 by a multiple myeloma patient who felt that it was essential for both patients and family members to have a network where they could both increase their knowledge about multiple myeloma and support other people going through the same experience. The Atlanta Area Support Group has expanded to two groups with meeting locations on the north and south sides of Atlanta.

We are glad you found the Atlanta Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group and hope that you will use us to help you understand the Multiple Myeloma journey. We are here for you. Let us know how we may be of help to you. Our site is evolving and will continue to change as our members and others provide input and information.

 
Multiple Myeloma is
a cancer of the bone marrow. Myeloma is literally an "oma" or tumor, involving the "myelo" or blood-producing cells in the bone marrow. The cells that are affected are plasma cells (a type of white blood cell), which are our antibody producing cells. A malignant or cancerous plasma cell is called a a myeloma cell. Myeloma is called "multiple" since there are frequently multiple patches or areas in the bones where tumors or lesions have developed. (from the International Myeloma Foundation)

More specifically, multiple myeloma is an uncontrolled growth of plasma cells in the bone marrow. Although there is no known cure, there are many approaches to help myeloma patients live better and longer. A course of treatment is dependent on the specifics of the patient’s physical, emotional, and family situation and the variant strain of myeloma involved. New treatment protocols are constantly being tested and offered to both new and relapsed patients.

 

We Believe

  • the public at large needs to be made aware of the existence of multiple myeloma
  • there is much controversy about treatment
  • the course of treatment is dependent on the specifics of the patient's physical, emotional and family situations as well as the variant of myeloma involved
  • it is our purpose to explore the wide range of treatment options
  • in sharing and discussing options with survivors and their loved ones

that cancer patients who participate in a support group live better and longer.

 

The International Myeloma Foundation

keeps us up to date on treatment information. In addition to funding research into myeloma, the IMF also conducts Patient/Family Seminars worldwide several times each year and publishes a quarterly newsletter, Myeloma Today. If you are a multiple myeloma patient or a concerned family member, one of the first things you should do is contact the IMF to obtain their information package. Use their internet site available through our resources page, or call: 1-800-452-CURE.

 

We Gather

each month to learn, to share, and to support multiple myeloma patients and their loved ones.

The Northside Atlanta Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets at 11:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Briarcliff United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Directions

The Southside Atlanta Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at Macy's South on Greenbriar Parkway. Directions

Locations, directions, and details here. Please join us.

©AAMMSG, updated May 19, 2013