Being diagnosed with a blood cancer can make you feel like you are alone. The Bloodline with LLS is here to remind you that after a diagnosis comes hope. Listen in as experts and patients guide listeners in understanding diagnosis, treatment, and resources available to blood cancer patients. Join Alicia Patten and Lizette Rivera from the Patient Access Education Team at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as they explore various survivorship topics.
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Coping with Cancer as a Couple
Join in as Shona sits down with Ellen Polamero onsite at CancerCon 2019. Ellen is a clinical social worker at City of Hope in Duarte, California. CancerCon is an annual conference held year by Stupid Cancer, an organization that provides support to young adult cancer survivors. This is the fourth year that Ellen has hosted a ‘Couples Coping with Cancer’ session at CancerCon and shares why it is important to her to provide this offering. On this episode, Ellen speaks about the impact of cancer, not only on the specific person that is diagnosed, but on the family unit as a whole and on intimate partners specifically. She describes the challenges a couple may experience, expectations that couples may place on themselves, the importance of communication and various resources available to couples. Ellen shares key takeaways to help couples navigate their cancer journey.
CAR T-cell Therapy: Understanding Potential Side Effects
Like any therapy that is administered in oncology, there is great promise but also, unfortunately, several toxicities and side effects that must be understood and monitored. Join Alicia and Lizette as they speak with Dr. Jonathon B. Cohen, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. On this episode, Dr. Cohen explains the potential side effects of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, also known as CAR T-cell therapy. He describes how side effects may change over time and how a patient’s family members and caregivers can identify some of the more subtle neurologic toxicities that can potentially lead to more severe side effects. Dr. Cohen also shares great information about what patients can ask their doctors about CAR T-cell therapy and things to consider when having this conversation.
Support for this episode provided by Celgene; Kite, A Gilead Company; and Novartis.
Treating Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Join Alicia and Lizette as they speak with Dr. Mohammad Maher Abdul-Hay, a hematologist and bone marrow transplant physician in New York, New York who is affiliated with multiple hospitals including NYC Health and Hospitals, Bellevue, and NYU Langone Hospitals. On this episode, Dr. Abdul-Hay explains how ALL is treated and addresses pre-treatment considerations. He also shares the long-term effects of treatment and the importance of getting a second opinion and open communication between a patient and their healthcare team.
Click here to listen to our other episode with Dr. Mohammad Maher Abdul-Hay where he explains how ALL is diagnosed.
Support for this episode provided by Amgen and Takeda.
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*The information contained in this podcast is for general information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. It is not intended to substitute the advice of your healthcare provider or information provided to you by your insurance carrier.
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