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.