Upstate NY Amyloidosis Support Group To Meet In August

OSWEGO, NY – The next meeting of the Upstate New York Amyloidosis Support Group will be held in Rochester General Hospital’s Weiner Conference Room (ground floor), 1425 Portland Ave., Rochester, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 24.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Nelson Leung, Amyloidosis Treating Nephrologist from Mayo Clinic, MN.

Patients, caregivers, families and interested medical personnel are welcome.

A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

RSVPs are appreciated.

For more information, contact MaryAnn Kraft at 585-334-7501 ([email protected]) or Muriel Finkel toll-free at 866-404–7539 ([email protected]).

Amyloidosis is a relatively rare blood disease that develops when protein called amyloid builds up in your organs, including your heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, digestive tract and nervous system.

Abnormal blood proteins develop and travel through the body accumulating in organs and soft tissue leading to organ failure. Early detection is vital for possible treatment options.

Without proper diagnosis, typing and treatment, the organs can stop working and the patient can die.

Treatment depends on the type of amyloid protein, where it’s deposited and how it affects your organs and tissues.

Most practicing physicians are not aware or do not have the proper training with amyloidosis, and often misdiagnose the symptoms as they mimic so many of the more common diseases.  Shortness of breath and fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, as well as edema, are among the more common symptoms striking the patient whose average age is 40-60.

“There is no one picture of amyloidosis as it can affect any organ or soft tissue. Symptoms therefore can imitate so many other illnesses. That is why this disease often goes misdiagnosed or undiagnosed! Cardiac and or renal failure is often the outcome,” Kraft noted.

Full access to information is important for patients to make informed choices. Support group meetings are useful for educational purposes.

Amyloidosis Support Groups is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing peer group support and education to patients, caregivers, families and friends of those touched by this life threatening disease.

Meetings are held in 23 major cities.

See for listings of all meetings.

ASG also provides an on-line support group ( with more than 1,050 member families and a 24/7 toll free “Hot/Help Line” to answer all support inquires.

Upstate New York meetings are held in Rochester twice a year.