DAYTON — One of the newest faces of WHIO is now facing the biggest fight of his life. Anchor Nick Foley was recently diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cells and usually affects the bones and immune system. Foley was diagnosed at Premier Health’s Miami Valley South and will begin treatment for the disease later this week.
“The diagnosis is definitely a scary development but we’ve had time to process and my family has an incredible support system here in the Miami Valley and beyond,” Foley said. “I plan to follow the treatment and radiation to the letter and get the condition under control.”
Foley’s plan so far includes five months of drugs and treatments and 10 days of radiation. He will continue his News Center 7 Daybreak duties as much as possible during this time and will provide updates on the WHIO website.
“I don’t plan to go anywhere and I want my story to be a reminder to others to listen to their bodies and seek care immediately if something is wrong.”
Plasma cells are white blood cells that make antibodies that protect us from infection. In Multiple Myeloma, cells grow excessively, crowding out normal cells in the bone marrow that make blood cells, platelets, and other white blood cells.
Some symptoms of Myeloma are, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Bone pain (especially in the spine or chest)
- No appetite
- Dizziness or mental confusion
- Frequent infections
- Weight loss
- Weakness or numbness in the legs
- Very thirsty
For more information about Multiple Myeloma, visit The Cleveland Clinic website.