Scleroderma Week

by STV Foundation 06 Jul 2018

Last week marked World Scleroderma Day and our very own Dr Wendy Stevens from the Rheumatology Unit at St Vincent's Hospital spoke about the renowned research she is undertaking on ABC Life Matters.

Scleroderma is a rare disease, it's an autoimmune disease, which means the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues. Scleroderma can cause serious damage to internal organs including the lungs, heart, kidneys, oesophagus and gastrointestinal tract. The disease can affect every age group, from infants to the elderly, and it is estimated that there are over 5,000 people living with Scleroderma Australia-wide.

Michael Piscioneri has Scleroderma and is a patient at St Vincent’s. He was grateful for the treatment he received from Dr Wendy Stevens and her team. He decided to donate to Scleroderma research being undertaken at St Vincent’s Hospital as a way of giving back. Michael said: ‘Our donation is a way of saying thank you. I really hope that in time, the work that the team is undertaking really pays off and we find a cure for Scleroderma. My family and I will be forever thankful.’

Listen to Dr Wendy's interview