Family and carers
If you’re on this page then you’re likely a family member or friend of someone who has myeloma. You may not consider yourself one but you’re potentially their carer too.
On this page you’ll find links to key information about myeloma but you’ll also find support and resources for you and your loved ones, as well as ways to connect with other carers, family members and friends of myeloma patients.
What is myeloma?
Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a blood cancer arising from plasma cells. At any one time there are around 24,000 people living with myeloma in the UK. It accounts for 15 per cent of blood cancers, and two per cent of all cancers.
What is a carer?
Many of us do not think of ourselves as carers. However, a carer is anyone who provides unpaid care and support to a relative or friend who is unable to manage without it. Caring for someone can take many forms, even if you are not the primary carer, you may still help in some way.
You might not use the term to describe yourself, but identifying as a carer can help you with getting the support you need – in particular any benefits you may be entitled to.
Caring for someone with myeloma
Caring for someone can be unpredictable, demanding and difficult to manage alongside other responsibilities. You may find that you have to take on tasks and responsibilities that are new which can be both challenging and rewarding.
It’s important to look after yourself as a carer. You can’t look after someone else if you don’t look after yourself properly. Taking time out for yourself, eating well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help you to look after the person you care for.
Information for family and carersIn our library you’ll find information to help you understand myeloma, as well as support for you as a carer Discover the full library
Help and support
Our help and support services are free for everyone impacted by myeloma.
Speak to one of our Myeloma Information Specialists by phone or email, or connect with other patient and family members who understand what you’re going through.
Family StoriesRead stories from the myeloma community
Get involved in the community
There’s lots of ways to get involved in our community
Fundraise for us
Take part in an event or organise your own fundraiser and help raise vital funds to support people living with myeloma.