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.
Remembering Nutrition Throughout Your Cancer Journey
Good nutrition is important for cancer patients. Eating the right kinds of foods can help patients feel better and stay stronger. On this episode, Alicia and Lizette speak with nutrition educator, Margaret N. Martin, RD MS LDN CDE, about dietary information to keep in mind before, during and after active treatment. Cancer and cancer treatments can affect taste, smell, appetite and the ability to eat or absorb the nutrients from food. Margaret shares nutritional information to keep in mind during a person’s cancer journey.
You will also learn how The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s free one-on-one nutrition consultation can assist in providing patients with ways to maintain a healthy diet.
Ethan: Myeloma Survivor & Trailblazer
After crossing the finish line at the Madrid Marathon toward the close of his semester overseas, Ethan Hawes felt a shooting pain in his hip. Assuming it was a result of the race, being diagnosed with multiple myeloma at the age of 22 years old was the furthest thing from his mind. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette speak with Ethan about his journey and how being called ‘a trailblazer’ having been diagnosed with a disease that usually presents in people over 50 years old, would change his outlook on life and shift his career goals.
Stopped Treatment, Started a Family
Twenty-three years old and living in New York City, Glamour magazine Editor Erin Zammett Ruddy finds herself writing her biggest story yet when she is diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Upon diagnosis, this writer, author, blogger and survivor, along with her husband Nick, make the brave decision to stop treatment three times in hopes of expanding their family. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette speak with Erin and Dr. Michael Mauro, hematologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Mauro has treated Erin since her diagnosis, going on 16+ years, and is a strong advocate for women and fertility within the cancer realm. You’ll hear about Erin’s journey, fertility preservation, questions patients can ask their healthcare team when considering fertility, and how patients are not only ‘patients’ but people seeking to live the life they’ve always envisioned for themselves.
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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.