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Professional Education Programs

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) sponsors a number of free community-based professional education programs for healthcare professionals, particularly for oncology nurses and social workers. Patients, their families and caregivers are also invited to attend.

These programs are led by local doctors and other healthcare professionals and offer continuing education credits for nurses and social workers.


Upcoming program:

Annual Blood Cancer Conference

"New Paths to Treatment and Hope"

February 28, 2015

8:30 am - noon

Mercy Medical Center Downtown Campus Conference and Education Center

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This conference is free.

Complementary breakfast and snacks provided

Pre-registration is required by Monday, February 23, 2015

For information, contact Wendy Sontag at (800) 347-1074 or email

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.     Registration

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.     Welcome and introductions

9:10 - 10:00 a.m.   Update from ASH Annual meeting - Dr. Philip Bierman, University of Nebraska Medical Center 

                                Impact of Childhood Cancer on Children and Families -  Heather Christiansen, PsyD, Pediatric Psychologist, Blank Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic

10:00-10:10 a.m.   Break

10:10-11:00 a.m.   Session I - Break Outs

     1. What is Your Skin/Sweat Trying to Tell You? Using biofeedback to reduce stress and anxiety. Jeffrey K. Ellens, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

     2.  When Can I Play? Physical wellness and exercise to maximize patient survivorship. Trina Radske-Suchan, MPT, CSCS, FMSC, Medical Program Executive, YMCA

     3. Why Can't I Remember? Strategies for patients to cope with chemobrain. Susan Fagg, MA, CCC/SLP, Mercy Rehabilitation

     4. How do I Return to Work? Helping patients continue working during and after treatment. Rachel Becker, LMSW, Senior Manager of Programs, Cancer and Careers

     5. How do Students Return to the Classroom? Facilitating the educational experience after treatment for childhood cancer. Mary Ann Strawhacker, MPH, RN, Heartland AEA

11:00 - noon        Joint Keynote for Professionals and Patients - Dr. Brian Freeman, Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates

noon                      Closing and Evaluations

  Attendees are welcome to stay for ongoing patient-focused sessions during the afternoon.  Please RSVP to for lunch.   

CEU Information: Nurses will be awarded 3 contact hours from the Iowa Board of Nursing provider #17.  Full Attendance is required: no partical credit will be given.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, provider #1105, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards ( Approved Continuing Education Program (ACE).  Approval Period: 12/2014 - 12/2017.  LLS maintains responsibility for the program.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.  Social workers will receive 3 CE clock hours.


Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML): Treatment Options, including BMT, Care and Support

Sponsored jointly by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the National Marrow Donor Program®/Be The Match®.

Emerging Immunotherapies for Hematologic Malignancies: Improving Patient Outcomes by Harnessing the Immune System

This activity is for researchers, hematologists, oncologists and other healthcare professionals.

From Omics to Clinics: Using New Technologies to Advance Diagnosis and Treatment of Hematologic Malignancies

This activity is designed for hematologists, oncologists, and other healthcare professionals.

In addition to our local programs, we sponsor a range of free live and archived online continuing education programs, conferences, meetings and events. For a complete list of our programs, see Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education Units.

last updated on Tuesday, February 03, 2015