Cancer Care

Our bodies’ plasma cells are powerful forces. They are part of a strong network of flexible tissue in our bone marrow that helps keep our immune system healthy. The DNA in plasma cells can mutate into abnormal cells. These mutations can cause cells to multiply out of control, and may result in a type of cancer known as...

While the prospect of managing multiple myeloma can be truly daunting, there are things that patients can do to look after themselves as they live with the disease. Patients and caregivers should know that thanks to recent medical advances and innovative, new treatments, a growing number of patients are living 10...

Each day, eight Canadians are diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells found in bone marrow. Although there is currently no cure for the disease, there are now an array of innovative treatment options that allow myeloma patients to live their lives after diagnosis—and the outlook continues to...

Approximately 7,500 Canadians are living with multiple myeloma, according to Myeloma Canada, a national nonprofit organization that aims to improve the lives of people impacted by myeloma. The Biotechnologist caught up with Aldo Del Col, co-founder and chairman of Myeloma Canada and a myeloma patient himself, to...

Multiple myeloma has no cure. But it is treatable. The disease occurs in the bone marrow, where blood cells—oxygen-carrying red blood cells, blood-clotting platelet cells, and infection-fighting white blood cells—are made.  When someone has myeloma, an abnormality causes plasma cells to reproduce uncontrollably. After a...

Chemotherapy can be challenging. For many cancer patients, it can also be the life-saving treatment they need to survive. While strong anti-cancer drugs may help treat the disease, treatment often comes with visible side effects such as hair loss, nausea and fatigue. Unfortunately, one-in-three chemotherapy patients...

Consistent, reliable access to medication is important for the ongoing health of Canadians. We have come to expect that we will get the medications we need, when we need them. But even in Canada, there are times when drug shortages occur and demand cannot be met. This is a serious matter for anyone who depends on...

In theory, following your doctor’s instructions to prevent febrile neutropenia should be easy, shouldn’t it? Just do exactly what your doctor has asked you to do. Take the right medications at the right times. Eat the right foods, wash your hands, and rest when you can. Avoid places where there may be germs. See your...

Cancer treatment can bring unwelcome side effects such as hair loss, nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue. Left untreated, a potential side effect of strong chemotherapy called febrile neutropenia (FN) can even be life threatening. Neutropenia is a condition where someone has an abnormally low concentration of...

For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, before starting any kind of regimen, it’s important to discuss with your doctor the potential side effects so you know what to expect and can understand how to best manage them. Chemotherapy side effects can range from visible side effects such as nausea, hair loss and...