Amyloidosis is a rare disorder in which an abnormal protein, amyloid, is produced by plasma cells in the bone marrow. This protein is misfolded and thus the body is unable to properly discard it. Instead of the abnormal protein being removed from the body, the protein can deposit in any tissue or organ. Amyloidosis affects each person differently, but frequently affects the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system, and digestive tract. Severe amyloidosis can result in life-threatening damage to these organs or even failure.
Amyloidosis is not cancer.
While occasionally mislabeled, Amyloidosis is not cancer. Cancer is characterized by rapid and uncontrolled cell growth. Amyloidosis is characterized by the production of an abnormal protein that aggregates.
Below we offer excellent educational resources on Amyloidosis; additional resources and information about the disease, treatment, and recovery can be found on the Resources and Blog pages.
Amyloidosis Awareness (narrated by Michael York)
Amyloidosis Awareness Booklet (PDF for download; sponsored by Amyloidosis Support Groups)
Understanding Amyloidosis (Amyloidosis Research Consortium)