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.
Young Adult Cancer Action Day: Advocating for Young Adult Survivors
Young adult cancer survivors have unique needs, different from pediatric and adult patients. Live on June 21, 2018, the first ever Young Adult Cancer Action Day, listen in as Guest Speaker Shona Lovie, from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, speaks with Kate Houghton, President and CEO of Critical Mass of The Young Adult Cancer Alliance, and Sarah Milberg, Senior Manager of Federal Affairs at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Office of Public Policy in Washington, DC. June 21st is a special day because it marks the introduction of the first young adult cancer bill by Congress, HR2976, the Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act. This bill calls for federal student loan borrowers to be eligible for deferment while they are receiving treatment for cancer. On this episode, they discuss the importance of advocacy, who can be an advocate, the needs of young adult cancer survivors, and the work both organizations are doing to ensure that young adults not only have a voice, but an impact on issues pertaining to young adult cancer survivorship.
Dental Awareness within Cancer Care
Most people are aware of common side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea and hair loss. However, most people who undergo cancer treatment develop complications that affect the mouth. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette speak with Dentist Dr. Nevin Waters, who founded his own practice in 1975 with the goal of treating each patient as he would have a family member. He is an active member of the American Dental Association and founder and board member of the Kansas Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped. Dr. Waters speaks about his experience as a dentist, his diagnosis of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), the importance of dental hygiene and how cancer treatments can affect an individual’s dental and oral health.
Transplant & Veno-Occlusive Disease (VOD)
Many may be familiar with graft versus host disease (GVHD) however, veno-occlusive disease (VOD), otherwise known as sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS), is also one of the most frequently encountered complications after stem cell transplantation. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) speak with Dr. Joseph Antin, Chief of the Stem Cell Transplant Program of the Department of Medical Oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. On this episode they will discuss the difference between a bone marrow and stem cell transplant, treating VOD, autologous and allogeneic transplants, how doctors choose the cell source collected from the blood or the marrow that is best for the patient, VOD as it presents in pediatric and adult patients and interesting findings about herbal tea induced hepatic veno-occlusive disease.
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