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WHIO-TV morning anchor faces long journey following announcement of rare cancer diagnosis

DAYTON — One of WHIO’s newest faces now faces the biggest fight of his life. Anchor Nick Foley was recently diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cells and typically affects the bones and immune system. Foley was diagnosed at Premier Health’s Miami Valley South and will begin treatment for the illness later this week.

“The diagnosis is definitely a terrifying development but we’ve had time to process and my family has an incredible support system here in the Miami Valley and beyond,” said Foley. “I plan to follow treatment and radiation to the letter and get the condition under control.”

Foley’s plan as of now will include five months of medication and treatment and 10 days of radiation. He will continue to perform his duties on News Center 7 Daybreak as much as possible during this stretch and provide updates on the WHIO website.

“I don’t plan on going anywhere and want my story to perhaps be a reminder to others to listen to their bodies and seek care immediately if something is not right.”

Plasma cells are white blood cells that make antibodies that protect us from infection. With Multiple Myeloma, the cells grow too much, 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)
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mental fogginess or confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent infections
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness or numbness in legs
  • Excessive thirst

For more information regarding Multiple Myeloma, visit the Cleveland Clinic’s website.

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