Multiple Myeloma Support
multiple myeloma survivors, family members, caregivers and
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
|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
- the public at large needs to be made aware of the existence of
- 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
- in sharing and discussing options with survivors and their
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:
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.
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 December 9, 2014