Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia Chapter


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) sponsors free community-based education programs for patients, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Local doctors and other healthcare professionals lead these programs, described below. You will get information about treatment options and learn how to strengthen your decision-making and coping skills, manage treatment side effects and find resources, including financial assistance.

Educational Programs include:

Welcome Back: Working Together to Support the Cancer Survivor at School
Topics covered:

  • Common cancers and treatments affecting children, adolescents and young adults
  • Challenges for survivors: returning to school, throughout their education, and through young adulthood
  • Laws that protect the rights of childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancer survivors
  • Strategies to help meet students' short-and-long-term educational needs
  • Resources that support schools and families, including those from LLS

Getting the Best Cancer Care at Age 55 and Older
Topics covered:

  • How cancer treatment plans are determined for older adults
  • Coping strategies and tools for communicating with your healthcare team
  • Ways to advocate for the best possible cancer care
  • Clinical trial options for older adults
  • Question-and-answer session

Myeloma Update: Diagnosis, Treatment and Side Effects Management
Topics covered:

  • Overview of myeloma
  • Current and emerging drug therapies and stem cell transplantation
  • Disease and treatment-related side effects
  • Emotional aspects and resources available for support
  • Clinical trial options for myeloma patients
  • Question-and-answer session

Improving Treatment for Blood Cancers: What You Need to Know to Make Informed Decisions
Topics covered:

  • How to gather information you will need to help you make treatment decisions
  • Questions to ask about the benefits and risks of standard treatment and treatment under study in clinical trials
  • How new blood cancer treatments are developed and approved
  • How to sort out myths from the facts about clinical trials
  • How to locate clinical trials that may be right for you
  • How LLS can help

Living with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Topics include current and emerging treatment options, disease monitoring, side effects management, quality of life issues, etc.

Can't make it to one of our local programs? We also sponsor many free live and archived teleconferences, podcasts, webcasts and more that you can view at your convenience. For a complete list of our programs, see our National Patient Education Programs web page.

Need more information?

To learn more about our patient education programs, call (412) 395-2873 or (800) 726-2873.

last updated on Wednesday, February 02, 2011