Close the gap

Early diagnosis is key to ensuring myeloma patients have the best possible treatment options and quality of life.

The longer myeloma goes undetected the harder it gets to treat and the more likely to affect peoples’ day-to-day activities.

Unfortunately, 1 in 4 myeloma patients need to wait over 10 months for the correct diagnosis.

Myeloma UK’s Early Diagnosis Programme aims to close this gap in diagnosis.

We’re working across the entire diagnostic pathway to put myeloma at the fore of policy decisions, educate healthcare teams on spotting the signs of myeloma, and fund research to drastically improve the diagnosis process and ensure all myeloma patients get the best chance for a long, full life.

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“Getting a timely diagnosis is life changing. It can mean the difference between living for one year and living for ten or more years. It can also reduce the impact myeloma has on day-to-day life, reducing the chance of long-term pain, fatigue or mobility issues.

Myeloma UK are committed to improving diagnosis to ensure every patient has the best chance of living for as well as possible for as long as possible.”

Sophie Castell, CEO Myeloma UK

Our work with healthcare professionals

GP Myeloma Diagnostic Tool

A tool for GPs to help them know how to identify and when to refer suspected myeloma patients.

Myeloma: Practical tips for primary care

A practical guide for GPs to help in the detection and diagnosis of myeloma and monoclonal gammopathies.

GatewayC’s Myeloma – Early Diagnosis course

A free course for all healthcare professionals across England developed in partnership with Gateway C.

Behind the scenes with the Myeloma UK Early Diagnosis Steering Committee

Professor Guy Pratt

Professor Guy Pratt, consultant haematologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, tells us about being on the frontline of myeloma care.

Dr Fenella Willis

Dr Fenella Willis, Chair of the Early Diagnosis Steering Committee, offers an insight about her work raising awareness of the signs of myeloma.

Dr Ross Sadler

Dr Ross Sadler, Clinical Lead for Lab Immunology at Oxford University Hospitals, talks about educating and empowering clinical scientists.

Dr Judith Richardson

Dr Judith Richardson, a GP and myeloma patient talks about helping her fellow GPs to spot the signs of myeloma.

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