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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 28, 2020 03:15 PM
From: Senator James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Amyloidosis Awareness Month in Pennsylvania - March
I will be introducing a resolution recognizing March 2020 as Amyloidosis Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

Amyloidosis, is a rare disease of which there are several types, one of which is similar to a blood cancer and another that is commonly inherited. This combination of all types of Amyloidosis affects approximately 10,000 people in the United States, 500 of whom live in Pennsylvania.

There have been advances in the treatment of Amyloidosis that have extended life expectancy, but currently, there are no drugs approved for the destruction of amyloids.

There are a limited number of amyloidosis treatment centers in Pennsylvania that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of amyloidosis patients. We have four world class centers in Pennsylvania. They are the University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny General Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center­ Hillman Cancer Center and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center- Heart and Vascular Institute.

Please join me in recognizing March as Amyloidosis Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.