WATERBURY — The Connecticut Multiple Myeloma Fighters Information Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the Leever Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway.

In recognition of March as Myeloma Awareness Month, the group will host a special guest speaker that day. 

Deborah Doss, R.N., OCN, of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass., will speak on the topic of Understanding Lab Values.

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw’s recent announcement that he has multiple myeloma is shining a national spotlight on what is, for many people, a little-known cancer.

Myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is a cancer of cells in the bone marrow that affects the immune system and can damage bone.

Myeloma currently affects more than 100,000 people in the United States, with an estimated 20,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

The disease is increasing in numbers and is becoming more common in younger patients, with possible links to environmental toxins.

Recently, myeloma was added to the list of cancers covered in people exposed to the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Despite these facts, a majority of patients have never heard of myeloma before their diagnosis. The need to raise awareness for this often-misdiagnosed disease led the International Myeloma Foundation to establish March as Myeloma Awareness Month.

The IMF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients and their families through research, education, support and advocacy.

Those planning to attend the March 11 meeting are asked to RSVP by calling Robin and Michael Tuohy, 203-206-3536 or by e-mail to atrtuohy@myeloma.org.

Additional information about myeloma can be found at myeloma.org.

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