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.
Coping as a Caregiver
November is Caregiver Awareness Month! On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we’d like to thank caregivers for their kindness in caring for their loved ones. Your dedication does not go unnoticed. On this episode, Alicia and Lizette speak with Dr. Marni Amsellem, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with patients and caregivers who are adjusting to cancer and other health-related challenges, and looking to build their coping skills and resilience. Listen in as Alicia, Lizette and Dr. Amsellem speak about many caregiving topics including long-distance caregiving, emotional concerns, mental health, work-related issues, the importance of delegating tasks and more.
All month long, we’re encouraging patients and families to recognize the special caregivers in their lives. Simply share a photo of you with your caregiver on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #LLScaregiver for a chance to win a caregiver swag bag.
Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Indolent vs Aggressive
With over 60 types of lymphomas, a lymphoma diagnosis can be very confusing. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette speak with hematologist/oncologist Dr. Robert Chen from City of Hope in Duarte, California about mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). On this episode, they discuss how MCL is diagnosed, indolent vs aggressive lymphomas, and the importance of knowing what to research before attempting to learn about a diagnosis on your own. Dr. Chen also talks about how difficult it was to diagnosis MCL in the past but due to strides made in its molecular path, there has been significant progress in extending survival and improving therapy.
Support for this episode provided by AstraZeneca.
All Emotions Serve a Purpose
Emotions are complex. We all can agree on that. On this episode, Alicia and Lizette speak with Julie Larson, a licensed clinical social worker who has spent her career working in oncology supportive care. Julie speaks about topics that arise within her own private practice with patients and caregivers. She addresses the fear of missing out (FOMO) and ways in which our emotions serve a very important purpose as one journeys through life with a diagnosis. She thoughtfully discusses the importance of appreciating now, the shock of a diagnosis, and redefining ‘control’ within each person’s life.
Support for The Bloodline with LLS provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kite Pharmaceuticals, Seattle Genetics and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
*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.