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.
Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Indolent vs Aggressive
With over 60 types of lymphomas, a lymphoma diagnosis can be very confusing. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette speak with hematologist/oncologist Dr. Robert Chen from City of Hope in Duarte, California about mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). On this episode, they discuss how MCL is diagnosed, indolent vs aggressive lymphomas, and the importance of knowing what to research before attempting to learn about a diagnosis on your own. Dr. Chen also talks about how difficult it was to diagnosis MCL in the past but due to strides made in its molecular path, there has been significant progress in extending survival and improving therapy.
Support for this episode provided by AstraZeneca.
All Emotions Serve a Purpose
Emotions are complex. We all can agree on that. On this episode, Alicia and Lizette speak with Julie Larson, a licensed clinical social worker who has spent her career working in oncology supportive care. Julie speaks about topics that arise within her own private practice with patients and caregivers. She addresses the fear of missing out (FOMO) and ways in which our emotions serve a very important purpose as one journeys through life with a diagnosis. She thoughtfully discusses the importance of appreciating now, the shock of a diagnosis, and redefining ‘control’ within each person’s life.
Cancer and Mental Health
Hearing the words, “you have cancer” rattles your core, regardless of who you are. On this episode, Alicia and Lizette speak with Dr. Marni Amsellem, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with patients and caregivers who are adjusting to cancer and other health-related challenges and seeking to build their coping skills and resilience. Dr. Amsellem speaks about issues that are experienced by both newly diagnosed patients and patients who are further along in their survivorship. She addresses the individual differences regarding the way in which people seek information about their diagnosis, the rate of depression and anxiety amongst people with cancer and the importance of discussing mental and emotional health with one’s treatment team. Dr. Amsellem also touches on the cost of therapy and ways in which it could actually be more affordable than people realize.
Support for The Bloodline with LLS provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kite Pharmaceuticals, Seattle Genetics and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
*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.