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.
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Coping with the Challenges of Living in Isolation
On this episode, Alicia, Edith and Lizette speak with Dr. Marni Amsellem, a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in health psychology, stress, and coping. Join the conversation as Dr. Amsellem explains the effects that social isolation, caused by forced change, can have on a person’s mental health and ways to cope with them. She shares the challenges that many face as a patient and as someone living through today’s coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She suggests ways to shift perspective as well as shares additional resources that help to address the emotional impact of isolation.
What Blood Cancer Patients Need to Know About COVID-19
What does the effect of the virus have on blood cancer patients? What are hospitals doing to ensure cancer patients can still get treatment during this pandemic? What makes COVID-19 so different than other viruses? Has there been any progress made regarding treatment for COVID-19? Join us on this episode as Alicia and Lizette speak with Ruben A. Mesa, M.D., FACP who will answer these questions and more. Dr. Mesa is director of the Mays Cancer Center, home to the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. Dr. Mesa has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator in more than 70 clinical trials for patients with myeloid disorders and played a lead role in various FDA approvals. Currently, he is a co-principal investigator of the NCI Program Project Grant Funded Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Research Consortium, where he co-leads the clinical trial consortium. Listen in as Dr. Mesa details the reality of COVID-19, answers questions that many patients and caregivers are asking, and shares why he is hopeful about the future of this pandemic.
On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you to all healthcare workers on the frontlines of battling this virus. Doctors, nurses, researchers, technicians, transporters, EMTs, pharmacists, maintenance and cleaning staff, and everyone who supports patient care are rising to the occasion and caring for our most vulnerable populations.
We will get through this together. Stay safe.
Survivor, Author, Athlete & Overcomer: Bishoy’s Story
Listen in as Alicia and Lizette from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society speak with Bishoy Tadros. Bishoy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at three years old. As an Egyptian immigrant with many things for his family to consider such as, where the best treatment would be and how to go about relocating, Bishoy describes his journey as a cancer survivor. He explains the challenges he faced both individually and as a family, his turning point which occurred in 2017 at Mile 40 of an IronMan, and what his diagnosis has taught him about overcoming life’s obstacles.
Support for this episode provided by Amgen and Takeda Oncology.
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*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.
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