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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Adopting After Cancer: Dawn’s Story
As a junior in college and an intramural volleyball player who attributed the increasing pain in her right arm to the sport, Dawn Scott was forced to take notice when she woke up one day and realized that her arm was so swollen that she could not bend it. Although blood clots run in her family, there was a small voice that told her that it was something else. During her three-week admission time, she received her diagnosis of epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE). Join in as Shona sits down with Dawn to discuss Dawn’s story and why Dawn believes fertility should be discussed between every patient and physician, even if the odds are slim. Although having a child naturally seemed unlikely, Dawn explored her other options and chose to pursue adoption. She shares her experience, advice she received from those around her, questions to ask, the differences she experienced between local and national adoption agencies, and how this experience has shaped her outlook on life. Hear Dawn’s story about how her and her husband, Brent, created the family they envisioned.
Dating with a Diagnosis: Stephen & Rebecca’s Story
Join Alicia as she speaks with young adult leukemia survivor, Stephen and his wife, Rebecca. This episode was recorded onsite at the filming of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s young adult reunion video, which you can access here. As Stephen prepared when he would introduce Rebecca to his parents, he realized that he was experiencing shortness of breath which prompted an emergency room visit. While in the ER, he received the shocking diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Having dated for only four months, it was in the ER where Rebecca met Stephen’s parents and where both Stephen and Rebecca knew that they had found the one. Listen in as they share their story about dating, fertility and the importance of advocating for the needs of a patient.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Diagnosis & Prognosis
Join Alicia and Lizette as they speak with Dr. Martha Arellano, Associate Professor of Hematology and Oncology and Program Director of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. On this episode, Dr. Arellano defines acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and how it is diagnosed. She addresses questions about cause and prevention and how treatment is determined for younger vs older patients. Dr. Arellano also explains the importance of a patient getting a second opinion to not only increase their education about diagnosis and treatment options but also as a way to move forward with a team they trust.
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