Former foreign minister in the New Democracy government, ex-mayor of Athens, Dora Bakoyannis, said on Monday that she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma * but said she intends to keep working.
“In Greece, 500 people a year are diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Now I am one of them. Multiple myeloma at a very early stage and with the best prognosis of the disease. It is never easy to hear that you have cancer. suddenly comes to you out of nowhere, scares you. And it scares not only you, but those you love and who love you, “the 67-year-old politician said in a lengthy social media post on Monday. is undergoing treatment and remains optimistic about a satisfactory outcome.
“However, this disease is being fought and conquered. And if one thing is for sure, it is that I have never avoided any battles in my life. I will continue to work and fight for this country, which I love so much, while I am treated.
To the rest of the 499, I want to say one thing: this is a disease that you learn to live with. In the same time. This is a different condition, a different problem in everyday life. Nothing superfluous, we will not faint, we will not change. I think I owed you a debt. After all, I’m not the type to hide. I am in the hands of excellent doctors in our country, and I am determined to achieve this victory and look to the future with great optimism, ”she said.
Dora Bakoyanni – the mother of the current mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis and the elder sister of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
This news came a week after the leader of KINAL / PASOK Fofi Gennimata announced that it is refusing new leadership elections for health reasons. She was hospitalized since October 12, and a relapse of bowel cancer was announced at the hospital.
* Multiple myeloma (literally – “bone marrow tumor”) – a blood disease, a non-tumor analogue of tumor cells in which plasma cells are – highly differentiated limphocytes that produce immunoglobulins (antibodies). In most cases, myeloma cells retain the ability to produce immunoglobulins (antibodies), while they produce the same antibody, such an immunoglobulin is called a monoclonal protein or paraprotein.
Multiple myeloma is considered a disease of mature age (over 40 years), rarely the disease is recorded at a younger age. In Greece, there are 5 cases of multiple myeloma (MM) per 100,000 population per year (an average of 500 people per year).