Patient Power Conference on Multiple Myeloma
Dr. Albert Oriol, Visiting Physician with the Catalan Institute of Oncology at the Germans Trias Hospital has participated in one of the first Patient Power conferences in Spain dedicated to Multiple Myeloma
Dr. Albert Oriol, a visiting Physician with the Catalan Institute of Oncology at the Germans Trias Hospital, who collaborates on IJC projects, has participated in one of the first Patient Power conferences in Spain dedicated to Multiple Myeloma
Patient Power allows patients to meet doctors in the context of a public meeting so they can discuss issues surrounding their particular disease. Patient Power started in the US 9 years ago and is also strong in the UK. Patient Power activities have helped patients to have a say about standard treatments as well as learning about their disease and ways to combat it.
Dr Oriol is a visiting physician in the Clinical Haematology Department of the Catalan Institute of Oncology at the Germans Trias Hospital, he collaborates on several research projects run by the IJC. He spoke at a Patient Power event at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona on 11 October along with other physicians, nurses, patients, family members and carers.
In the video interview Dr Oriol describes recent advances in research and how patients with multiple myeloma have many more options than they had 15 years ago. Patents have a much better quality of life than they used to and they live longer. He goes on to describe why treatments have improved.
The patient power website is mainly in English but they are increasing their collection of videos in Spanish videos, look out for upcoming videos on leukaemia and other blood diseases here