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Eight Years and Counting: "Could Gleevec Cure Me?"

From the day I started taking Gleevec pills to manage my chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), I understood I would depend on them for the rest of my life. Or will I? Things have changed more than a bit since I was diagnosed eight years ago and studies are showing there could be a drug cure for a disease thought to be incurable. The evidence is showing that this “treatment-free remission” isn’t likely to happen for everyone, but just the mere possibility was enough to send m ...

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Surviving Leukemia: Now My Brother Lives Inside of Me

Well, times were dark indeed
Feeling my body betrayed me Life was good.  My wife Bonnie and I were settling into a lifestyle that was becoming less demanding and more fun.  Our only son was about to graduate college.  My son and I were making music together and playing some local clubs and bars.  I was physically active and worked out regularly. I had recently made changes to my diet due to a history of slightly high cholesterol and was curious to see what e ...

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September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is increasing awareness about the urgency to find cures for blood cancers – the third most common cancer killer in the U.S. Throughout the month, our blog series will focus on the three main types of blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. We spoke with Meredith Barnhart, LCSW, Director, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Information Resource Center who ...

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