Sunday, August 2, 2009

Celebrities With Multiple Myeloma

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that multiple myeloma is a relatively rare form of cancer, accounting for a low single-digit percentage of all cancer cases. I got a little curious about public figures who have been diagnosed with and/or killed by the disease, and did a little research on the topic. I hope I didn't waste too much time on this; in any case, I didn't come up with much. The following were being treated for multiple myeloma at the time of their deaths:

Actor Peter Boyle
Syndicated newspaper columnist Ann Landers
"Wall Street Week" host Louis Rukeyser
Actor Roy Scheider

Former Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro is a 10-year survivor; she is being kept alive with regular injections of Velcade.

1 comment:

  1. I, for one, am putting you firmly in the company of the former vice prseidential candidate. No sane person really wants to be vice president anyway, so that leaves you plenty of time for more enjoyable pursuits.