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March 12, 2014 - Questions to Ask to Make Informed Treatment Decisions

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Date: March 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Telephone/Web
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Topics Covered

  • Information you need to make informed treatment decisions
  • Understanding goals of treatment for your diagnosis
  • What to consider when reviewing options for standard treatment and clinical trials
  • The importance of open communication with your healthcare team


Gail J. Roboz, MD
Director, Leukemia Program
Associate Professor of Medicine
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

Questions Asked by the Blood Cancer Community

  • Are there services where I can find an advocate to help me find clinical trials?
  • If you fail to ask a doctor about the risks associated with a treatment and whether there is a standard of care, is that doctor still obligated to tell you anyway?
  • Are doctors generally open to talking about natural and complementary therapies?
  • Is there some validity to any of these therapies?
  • What criteria and timeframe help determine remission?
  • What is the difference between remission and undetectable disease?
  • I have Follicular Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and I just wonder what the doctor would say about Rituxan® treatment over a two year span?
  • How does cytogenetic testing affect a patient's treatment protocol?
  • What is the accuracy of bone marrow biopsies versus molecular blood studies?
  • I know that my lymphoma is an indolent type. My doctor has told me that there are actually patients who go without any treatment ever. It just doesn't make sense to me that I have a blood cancer and it doesn't need treatment, can you explain?
  • Is there a single source recognized by the medical industry that contains the standard treatment recognized worldwide for a specific diagnosis?
  • I have been involved in a clinical trial and would like to know what the results were. Is there a site that I can go on to get the results?
  • I was diagnosed with CML about a year ago and I'm currently taking Sprycel®. I lost red blood cells and I had to get a transfusion every month. Have you ever heard of anybody with CML losing red blood cells and what happened?

Sponsors and Supporters

This program is presented by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and supported by a grant from Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company.

last updated on Friday, April 17, 2015