Multiple Myeloma ResourcesMMI Podcast Series

Date Title Summary
Jun 2021 Living with Multiple Myeloma – Diet and Multiple myeloma

In her engaging conversation with Maire Treasa, Ruth Kilcawley Senior Nutritional Support Dietitian at University College Hospital, Galway describes the impact of what we eat on our physical health. Ruth outlines the role of good diet and nutrition in managing cancer, reducing infections and improving Multiple Myeloma patients quality of life. Ruth stresses the importance of maintaining strength whilst undergoing treatment. She shares advice on how to balance and manage food intake. Ruth explains the importance of food variety, mixed food colours and choosing safe foods to maximise nutrition in cancer and in living with multiple myeloma. Ruth also outlines the role of the dietitian in assessment of patients nutritional status and explains the role of dietary counselling techniques to address some of the issues Multiple Myeloma patients experience during their treatment. She provides excellent tips and advice on how to overcome challenges with taste and smell which will assist patients better tolerate treatment. She emphasises how eating regularly, fuels the body. In addition, she discusses the role of nutritional supplements and cautions on the risk of overuse of supplements. Moreover, she highlights the importance of getting the balance right, we all deserve the occasional treats once in moderation! Finally, Ruth provides advice on managing sources of information and where to seek evidence based advice on a balanced, nutritional, safe diet for cancer patients. Multiple Myeloma Ireland: Website Facebook Twitter This podcast has been produced by Fuzion Communications.

May 2021 Living with relapsed/refractory Multiple Myeloma

In this podcast, Dr Denis O’Keeffe, Consultant Hematologist explains that Multiple Myeloma will in the majority of patients come back, however today many options for treating and controlling the relapsed/refractory disease exists and patients survival has greatly improved. Dr O’Keeffe is keen to point out patients cannot stop Multiple Myeloma from coming back but it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dr O’Keeffe advises early recognition of the disease relapse is possible due to close monitoring and before the disease can cause damage. Not all patients require treatment at relapse and the decision to treat or not is individualized and made in partnership with patients. The decision to treat is based on the patients individual disease, age, physical and mental health and the additional challenge of Covid risk. Dr O Keeffe highlights that at relapse patients are better equipped to cope and that through the difficult times there is great hope. Treatment options are increasing all the time moving towards the possibility of cure. Multiple Myeloma Ireland: Website Facebook Twitter This podcast has been produced by Fuzion Communications.

May 2021 Living with Multiple Myeloma- Living with relapsed Multiple Myeloma- Ann’s patient journey

In this podcast, Ann shares her personal experience of living with Multiple Myeloma for over 5 years. Although, her multiple myeloma has relapsed more than once and requires ongoing treatment, she is living well and is hopeful for the future.   Ann’ s engaging conversation with Maire Tresa  provides advice on the importance of taking control of your life, being active and surrounding yourself with supportive people when coping with this relapsing, remitting cancer. She describes how learning to adjust her mindset and adapting her activities has helped her learn to live with relapsed disease.   Ann outlines how being more self aware and drawing on her inner reserves has helped her overcome the fear and disappointment of her Multiple Myeloma relapse and subsequent treatment.    Ann describes honestly how she has adapted to life from ‘living from blood test to blood test’ to learning to live and manage her disease both physically and emotionally. Throughout this podcast her positive attitude and drive is moving and inspiring.   Ann shares important advice for patients living with Multiple  myeloma, including staying informed, being aware of your limitations, seeking support for symptoms or side effects  adjusting activities and setting goals.     Ann highlights the importance of support groups for sharing advice and information. In addition she encourages others through her personal experience to savour the small and simple things in life and to remain hopeful for the future.    Multiple Myeloma Ireland: Website Facebook Twitter This podcast has been produced by Fuzion Communications.

May 2021 An essential guide to Autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) in Multiple Myeloma

In this podcast, Nurse Liz Higgins, Transplant Co-Ordinator at St James Hospital, Dublin provides a detailed account of the autologous stem cell transplant patient pathway. Liz explains the role of stem cells, how stem cells are harvested and later given back to a patient following high dose chemotherapy.  Although, not curative, ASCT aims to treat Multiple Myeloma, prolong disease control and improve overall survival. Liz summaries the eligibility criteria and assessment process required prior to undergoing a ASCT. Liz clearly outlines the role of the multidisciplinary team in supporting patients through the transplant journey. This treatment is associated with many side effects however these can be very well managed. Reporting symptoms early is important. Finally Liz, clearly outlines the patients recovery period following a ASCT. This is an essential guide for patients, families and carers where ASCT is considered as part of their Multiple Myeloma treatment plan. Multiple Myeloma Ireland: Website Facebook Twitter This podcast has been produced by Fuzion Communications.

MMI Support Updates

Support Group meeting information dates for May 2021 now updated. Confirmation of Dublin & Wexford meetings in June also updated

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MMI Vision – MMI recognise everyone’s experience of myeloma is unique – our vision is to be the trusted partner supporting you on your journey

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Help & SupportSupport Groups

Support Group contacts and meeting information

Group Location Contact Info Meetings/Updates
Midlands Myeloma Support Group Dochas Cancer Support Centre, Tullamore
phone: 0867804007
Online meetings the last Monday of the month @19.00 contact to register.

Next meeting via Zoom Monday May 31st @ 7 pm

Mid-West Myeloma Support Group – Limerick Mid-West Cancer, Support Centre, University Hospital, Dooradoyle
Nicky 089 4830576
Dublin Arc Myeloma Peer Support Group Arc House 559, South Circular Road, Rialto
Ann 086 8117147
Next meetings:
Wed June 16th @ 12.30
Multiple Myeloma Support Group North West Sligo Cancer Support Centre. mmspnorthwest@multiple
Sligo Cancer Support Centre
071 9170399
Zoom meetings the last Monday of each month
Drogheda Multiple Myeloma Support Group Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre Phone:041- 9805100
Meetings the first Wednesday of the month @2pm
Wexford Multiple Myeloma Support Group Hope Cancer Support Centre Mary O Neill email
maryo@hopesupportcentre .ie
053 9238555.
Zoom Meetings the first Friday (next:June 4th) of each month @10.30am
Cork Multiple Myeloma Support Group TBC Dermot @086 0611440 This is a new group currently being set up.

Support Groups allow people to talk about their experiences and feelings with others living with cancer. Being part of a group often creates a sense of belonging that helps each person feel more less alone and provide a sense of control.Meeting formats vary from group to group.

All are facilitator led and many include the support of a Health Care Provider. Confidentiality is very important.

Group activities may include guest speakers, social outings, fundraising activities and there is usually a cup of tea and an opportunity to chat.

Due to current Covid 19 restrictions face to face meetings are postponed. Virtual meeting via Zoom are taking place or being considered by some groups.

Please use the contact information above to get in touch with your nearest group if you would like to know more or attend a support group meeting.

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