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.
CTCL: Skin Lymphoma, Not Skin Cancer
In its early stages, cutaneous t-cell lymphoma (CTCL) may be mistaken for a skin condition like eczema. Many people have a hard time grasping how something that arises in the skin is actually considered a blood cancer. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette speak with Dr. Jasmine Zain, hematologist/oncologist at City of Hope in Duarte, CA, about how CTCL is not just one disease, how CTCL is diagnosed and treated, why dermatologists may be part of a person’s treatment team, the prevalence of CTCL within certain geographies and ethnicities, stem cell transplants, the role of clinical trials and the importance of a team approach when determining the best treatment options. Dr. Jasmine Zain also explains how people can live their normal lives despite their CTCL diagnosis.
Support for this episode provided by Seattle Genetics.
I Am a Person, Not a Percentage: Rachelle’s Story
Rachelle is a commercial actor, model, mother, wife and lymphoma survivor, who shares how her world changed after an annual visit to her OBGYN doctor. A lump which she attributed to one of the effects of pregnancy, ended up being something she never would have imagined. Having lost her father to kidney cancer, her approach to her follicular lymphoma diagnosis is one that intends to reframe the outlook of a cancer diagnosis. She shares her shock when receiving the news, the importance of taking all details regarding diagnosis and prognosis with a grain of salt, and why remaining hopeful is necessary. After hearing from her doctor that ‘stress can play a role in reoccurrence’, she has promised herself that she will face each day focusing on the things she loves, instead of living in fear of when or if cancer will return.
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.
Support for The Bloodline with LLS provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kite Pharmaceuticals and Seattle Genetics.
*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.