Your gift today will help fast track research and new treatments to improve quality of life and survival rates for people like Brian.
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While Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed the way many of us live and work, other devastating diseases haven’t taken a break.
Multiple myeloma is just one. It is an aggressive blood cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow, with no cure.
And, it is now one of the most common cancers in Australia.
With your help, better treatments for people with multiple myeloma could be within reach. It will give people like Brian more time with their loved ones.
Brian was diagnosed with multiple myeloma almost three years ago. While he survived his initial prognosis of six months, he will never be cured.
Brian remembers the day this all started.
“I clearly remember the day I realised something was wrong,” said Brian. “I’d been trying to ignore it. Typical bloke - I thought ‘she’ll be right’. Luckily my best mate, Andrew, was there with me the day my life changed forever.
“I’d had some problems with exercising - my hands and my feet were swollen, and I couldn’t move them properly. This time though, I was in real trouble.
“We were in the middle of moving a washing machine - and I just dropped it. I remember calling out, ‘I can’t hold it’. I couldn’t breathe and nearly passed out.
“I thought I was having a heart attack. I couldn’t believe it.”
Tests revealed Brian had kidney and heart failure.
After a week in hospital with ‘every test imaginable’, including a painful bone marrow test, Brian was told he had multiple myeloma. He didn’t know this was cancer.
Treatment of multiple myeloma can be effective for a time. But it eventually becomes resistant to all treatment.
Your gift today will help fast track research and new treatments.
A devoted research scientist and innovator, Dr Craig Wallington-Beddoe hopes to change the prognosis for people like Brian.
In 2018, he and his team discovered a novel protein. It is expressed in people with multiple myeloma who generally have a poorer life expectancy than other patients.
The research team has also invented a molecule which can target this protein, to treat patients and improve their life expectancy.
With your help, this world leading research could be available as a treatment option for patients within a few years.
The research aims to:
- Rapidly identify the top 30-40 per cent of patients with a poor prognosis.
- Fast track the development of new treatments to improve patient quality of life and survival rates.
Early studies show this to be effective in increasing life expectancy for people with multiple myeloma.
This research will also investigate the combination of existing therapies with the new treatments being developed by Dr Wallington-Beddoe’s team.
“Multiple myeloma is an aggressive cancer that's currently incurable. And, it is increasing in incidence around the world,” Dr Wallington-Beddoe said.
“I want to help the highest-risk myeloma patients – those who have the poorest chance of survival.
“My research aims to develop very specific treatments for these high-risk myeloma patients.
“When people have to wait for genetic testing, every hour, every day, matters. Our novel protein therapy could be given much sooner.
“We can not only identify patients with high-risk, poor prognosis myeloma, but we can do it within 24 hours.
“That means we can offer them life-saving therapy when they need it.”
Research to create new treatment options is complex and costly. We need your immediate help to make it a reality.
You’ll be helping researchers to fast track the development of new treatments. And, you’ll enable them to conduct experiments in the laboratory.
There, experiments can be translated to patients within a few short years.
Dr Wallington-Beddoe is one of the most inspiring clinical researchers here at Flinders. He needs your help to give South Australians like Brian more time.
Will you please support this innovative research with a donation today?
“Research is the only way we will find out how to cure this terrible disease. And Dr Wallington-Beddoe could be the one to do it – he could find that breakthrough,” said Brian.
“We all need to support his work.”
There is no cure for multiple myeloma right now. But your generous donation today, will fast track important work. It will help to develop new and improved therapies to treat, and ultimately cure, multiple myeloma.
Brian is proving his doctors wrong. Despite complications, he is still fighting against this disease.
But time is valuable. He needs more time to create precious memories with his loved ones.
Please donate today to help researchers like Dr Wallington-Beddoe forge ahead with their critical research to give people like Brian more time.
Your support could even lead to a cure.