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.
Transplant & Veno-Occlusive Disease (VOD)
Many may be familiar with graft versus host disease (GVHD) however, veno-occlusive disease (VOD), otherwise known as sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS), is also one of the most frequently encountered complications after stem cell transplantation. Listen in as Alicia and Lizette from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) speak with Dr. Joseph Antin, Chief of the Stem Cell Transplant Program of the Department of Medical Oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. On this episode they will discuss the difference between a bone marrow and stem cell transplant, treating VOD, autologous and allogeneic transplants, how doctors choose the cell source collected from the blood or the marrow that is best for the patient, VOD as it presents in pediatric and adult patients and interesting findings about herbal tea induced hepatic veno-occlusive disease.
Psycho-Oncology: Caring for Body & Mind
Listen in as Alicia and Lizette from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) speak with psycho-oncologist, Elizabeth Harvey. Elizabeth works with and supports cancer patients, their families and caregivers throughout their cancer journey. Elizabeth has spent over 20 years working in research for cancer drug development and also worked alongside the late Dr. Jimmie Holland, a Founder of psycho-oncology. Elizabeth shines light on the fact that many times there is failure to address the psychosocial concerns that are associated with cancer. On this episode, she discusses the history of psycho-oncology, its purpose within the field of oncology, her work as a psycho-oncologist, and the support needed to help one cope with their cancer experience.
No Playbook for Caregiving: Kimberly’s Story
Describing her life as a ‘storybook’, Kimberly Alexander shares with Alicia and Lizette how her world was turned upside down after her late husband and NFL linebacker Elijah was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. What began as pain in his feet, usually disregarded due to his active lifestyle, Elijah was later diagnosed with Stage III-B multiple myeloma at the age of 35. Kimberly describes her transition to ‘caregiver’, how she continues to maintain normalcy for their two young boys, and the importance of self-care and doing what you love in spite of change.
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