Myeloma: how one man is beating blood cancer
Haematology Paralysing back pain was the first sign of Myeloma for Ian Blelloch.
At 49 Ian was given five to seven years to live. “Despair soon changed to challenge,” he says. “Five to seven years may be the Myeloma's agenda, but I don't have to agree with it.”
After Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy, he had an Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant. “Stem cells were harvested from me, and Chemotherapy then wiped out my existing bone marrow. The harvested stem cells were delivered through a drip and created new bone marrow,” he says.
After 18 months’ remission, he relapsed and had an Allogeneic Transplant, using donor stem cells. “This gives the best chance of cure, but there is a material risk of rejection,” he says.
“It is working and currently the Myeloma is undetectable. The power of prayer, superlative medical care and the love and support of family and friends’ have helped me through the last six years,” says Ian, now 55, who has set up a Myeloma support group at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital with help from Myeloma UK. “We're going to beat that five to seven years.”