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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Diagnosed with Myeloma: What Should I Eat?
Eating a well-balanced diet is important, especially with a diagnosis of multiple myeloma. A proper diet during and after cancer treatment can help you feel better, maintain your strength, and positively impact recovery time. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette speak with Gina DeLuca. Gina is an Outpatient Oncology Dietitian for the Center for Cancer Care at NYU Winthrop Hospital. There, she provides individual nutrition counseling and group nutrition education presentations to patients during all phases of oncology care including prevention, treatment and survivorship. On this episode, Gina shares the types of foods that may benefit a myeloma patient and the types of food that they should avoid. Gina also explains why vitamin supplementation should be discussed thoroughly with a patient’s healthcare team, the link between myeloma and obesity, the truth about sugar and its relation to cancer, what foods can potentially interfere with treatment and useful resources for patients and their families.
Support for this episode provided by Amgen and Takeda.
Still Sparkling After AML: Casey’s Story
Listen in as Alicia and Lizette speak with Casey Biltz Marsh. Casey is a high school mathematics teacher and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) survivor. With Spring Break approaching, Casey noticed her increasing fatigue however, attributed it to the demands of a high school teacher during that time. Casey realized something was very wrong when she attended a Garth Brooks concert with ‘standing room only’ tickets and found herself paying a nearby shoe shine station multiple times just to get off her feet. Join the conversation as Casey describes how her life changed after her fourth visit to Urgent Care. She shares how she was diagnosed with AML, how she prepared for and recovered from her stem cell transplant, the importance of asking questions and maintaining a positive mindset even during the roughest times.
Support for this episode provided by Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
Training for the Unknown: Jason’s Story
Listen in as Alicia speaks with Jason Khalipa. Jason is a devoted father, world champion, and global businessman. Jason is a force of nature in the fitness world whose life was turned upside down when his daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016 at the age of 4. Jason and his wife, Ashley, dedicated themselves to the fight armed with a positive mindset and an emphasis on physical and mental strength. Join Jason and Alicia as he shares more about how Ava was diagnosed, what their cancer journey taught him not only as a person, but as a father, and how his passion for fitness helped him remain strong and disciplined throughout this new journey.
Support for The Bloodline with LLS provided by Amgen; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Jazz Pharmaceuticals; Kite, A Gilead Company; Novartis; Pharmacyclics, an AbbVie company and Janssen Biotech; Seattle Genetics and Takeda Oncology.
*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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