1. Meet the Researcher: Maria Figueroa, MD

    Our “Meet the Researcher” series on The LLS Blog shares what our outstanding LLS-funded researchers are working on, the incredible impact they’re making in the fight against blood cancer, and what inspires their efforts to find better treatments and cures. Dr. Maria “Ken” Figueroa, Associate Professor and Co-Leader of the Cancer Epigenetics Research Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System, is focused on an exciting area of rese...

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  1. All About "The 100 Days Agenda: A Patient-First Blueprint"

    The whole world can change in 100 days. We learned that lesson painfully in early 2020. But what if something positive could happen just as quickly? This week, we’re sharing one of our most ambitious policy efforts yet. We call it "The 100 Days Agenda: A Patient-First Blueprint.” It’s our step-by-step guide for public officials that describes how all three branches of government can quickly begin to improve patients’ access to quality, affordable healthcare in the new yea...

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  2. Ushering In a New Era of Pediatric Blood Cancer Treatment and Care

    We caught up with Gwen Nichols, MD, Chief Medical Officer at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), to share the progress we’re making to bring cures and better care to children with blood cancer through The LLS Children’s Initiative. Tell us about The LLS Children’s Initiative and why it’s so important to you and LLS. When I joined LLS in the spring of 2017, I knew my first order of business would be advancing our work for pediatric blood cancers. As a physician and re...

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  3. Celebrating Survivorship: Natalie Abreu-Horne

    I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (with a FLT3 mutation), at age 46, on April 24, 2018. I had no idea I was as sick as I was until I was in the ER in Tampa, Florida and told my body was 94% full of leukemia. I needed to start chemo immediately. The next day I had a port placed in and started chemotherapy the following day. When the final bone marrow biopsy results came back showing a FLT3 mutation, I was immediately moved to Moffitt Cancer Center and told I would have to undergo...

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  1. Celebrating Survivorship: Joe Mackay

    We close Blood Cancer Awareness Month with our weekly Celebrating Survivorship series highlight of LLS Community member, Joe. I went to my family doctor for a routine checkup back in November of 2019 and during the exam he found a large mass on my abdomen. It was 3 weeks later (2 days before Christmas) when I was officially diagnosed with Follicular non Hodgkin lymphoma. At first I struggled with the 'WHY' it happened, but as time went on, I came to realize the most important thing w...

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  2. October 2020-Patient & Caregiver Education Programs

    New York/New Jersey Blood Cancer Conference 2020 Online/Virtual Interactive Educational Conference (NYC) October 3, 2020 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM (Eastern Time) https://na.eventscloud.com/website/16055/ Meet the Expert Series: Targeted Therapies for CLL and Other B-Cell Malignancies A Virtual Education Program (Eastern Great Lakes) Monday, October 5, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm (ET) https://na.eventscloud.com/targetedtherapies Wisconsin Blood Cancer Conference 2020 Online/Virtual Int...

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  3. Celebrating Survivorship: Elaine Erickson

    My name is Elaine Virginia Erickson. I am 49 years old. I am a cancer survivor. I was born in Texas and my parents relocated back to Chicago, Illinois, where my dad was going to finish a college program at Moody Bible Institute. At one year old, I was sick and would have seizures but a diagnosis could not be confirmed as to what was causing my bruising, pain, lack of appetite, lethargy and seizures. It was first thought that I had Scarlet Fever then I later received a second diagnosis of acut...

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  4. Statement on the Death of Supreme Court Justice and Trailblazer Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Photo by Nikki Khan/The Washington Post via Getty Images Here at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), we are devastated to learn of the passing of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. As the global leader in the fight against blood cancer, we stand with the cancer community – and all Americans – in mourning this trailblazer whose contributions to public health and equality will be felt by generations to come. Justice Gi...

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  5. Celebrating Survivorship: Cassie Morales

    It has been hard to share my cancer journey because I do not know where to start. When I was first diagnosed, I would read the cancer journeys of others and it gave me hope and inspiration. I need to pass it forward. I want to give hope, love and faith to all cancers patients that are in the fight. I am a 4X lymphoma survivor! Yeah that’s right, four times! Crazy! I was first diagnosed in 2017 after I got married and turned 30 years old. I was so looking forward to buying a house and sta...

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  6. THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY LAUNCHES FIRST CLINICAL TRIAL SPECIFICALLY FOR BLOOD CANCER PATIENTS WITH COVID-19

    With studies showing between 30-60% of blood cancer patients at risk of death if infected with the COVID-19 virus compared to patients who are cancer-free, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced today it is launching the first clinical trial dedicated solely to this most vulnerable population. This trial (LLS Protocol Number: BAML-16-001-COV1) will test a drug called acalabrutinib in patients diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, myelodysplastic ...

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