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Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer of the plasma cells. This disease can lead to bone problems including pain, fractures and spinal cord compression, when cancer cells wear away the bone.

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This Health Sermon

.pdf [106kb] is part of our commitment to providing sound health information to our members under the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) Health Emergency Declaration.

Let the church say Amen!

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NBCI is pleased to provide a list of the key Cancer advocacy groups who have provided program information and can offer further assistance to people dealing with Multiple Myeloma.

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The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) sm-imfheader is conducting a study to determine the underlying reasons for the increased risk of myeloma in certain races and in family members.

This study will provide important information that will help all patients with myeloma.

The survey link is at http://survey.myeloma.org

NBCI is happy to work together with the IMF to help raise awareness about multiple myeloma among African Americans. If you have multiple myeloma or know someone affected by this disease, please ask them to complete this survey.
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Enhancing Myeloma Knowledge and Access to Latest Treatments in African American Communities

As black Americans are at twice the risk for myeloma as whites, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has joined forces with the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15.7 million African Americans, to increase access to education and treatment for myeloma in the African American communities.

To heighten awareness and increase knowledge about multiple myeloma and available treatment

To empower patients to seek novel treatments and enroll in clinical trials

To encourage patients and caregivers to take advantage of the extentsive support provided by LLS



This new, collaborative effort began with a pilot program in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, on March 19, 2017, with "Myeloma Sunday" at churches in both locations.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) new initiative in collaboration with the National Black Church Initiative.
    The program includes
  • Myeloma Ambassadors (patients or caregivers) to provide support and information
  • Myeloma Sundays consisting of a "health sermon" by a respected healthcare provider during church services
  • Health Alert fact sheets placed into church bulletins
  • In-depth healthcare provider-led education programs that build on information provided in the Myeloma Sundays
  • Church-based support groups
  • Directory of national and local myeloma resources
  • Master's level oncology professionals at LLS available to answer disease and treatment questions and provide additional support

If you are interested in becoming involved in this pilot program, please contact: Keisha Antoine at LLS – 914-821-8815 or Keisha.Antoine@LLS.org. To learn more about myeloma and early signs and symptoms,please visit www.llls.org or call 844-955-5465 to speak directly to one of our Information Specialists.