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  1. Less Is More and Don’t Eat Me! (#ASCO18)

    This post is one in a series of news updates from ASCO. Read more by clicking here and here. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (#ASCO18) annual meeting is an opportunity to show the progress on investigational cancer therapies, better ways to use old medicines and improved methods of diagnosis. One of the interesting themes to emerge over the past few days here in Chicago is the goal of giving less rather than more treatment. The quest to de-escalate treatment helps avoid bo...

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  1. Precision Medicine: Hope and Hype #ASCO18

    Using genomics – analyzing a cancer patient’s genetic profile to identify what is causing the malignancy and then using a drug that will work best for that patient’s subtype of cancer – has been evolving over at least two decades. The approach has accelerated in recent years as the technology has improved. And with it there have been stunning successes along with some disappointments. On Saturday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting (#ASCO18) in Chicago, resu...

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  2. Stopping Treatment for CML – Another First for a Blood Cancer

    Certain patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who take nilotinib daily may have achieved such deep remissions that they may be able to stop their treatment, according to a recent FDA decision When the targeted oral therapy, imatinib (Gleevec®) was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001, it revolutionized treatment for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), turning an almost certain death sentence into a chronic disease for most patients who r...

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  3. Achieving the Impossible: What’s ahead in 2018?

    We’ve just concluded one of the most historic years on record in terms of new therapy approvals for blood cancers. In all, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 18 therapies to treat patients with blood cancers, including some entirely new agents and some new uses for already approved drugs. Among these approvals were the first new therapies – four to be precise – for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after a 40-year drought in treatment advances for this deadly blood c...

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  1. Lodging & Transportation Resources for Cancer Survivors

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist; Certified Diabetes Educator, PearlPoint Cancer Support As part of cancer treatment, you may make frequent trips to your cancer treatment center for appointments and treatment. If your treatment center isn’t close to home, this may mean extra transportation and lodging expenses. Many resources are available to cancer patients to help cover the costs of travel for treatment. The first step is to talk to your healt...

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  2. What is Medicare?

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support Medicare is an insurance program run by the United States government. Medicare is for people who 65 years or older Under 65 but have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for 24 months Have end-stage renal disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Medicare has 4 types of possible coverage. Part A (Hospital Insurance): Part A covers inpatient care such as hospital care, nursin...

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  3. Am I Depressed?

    Do you ever feel sad, withdrawn, or blue? Did these feelings appear or become more pronounced after your or your loved one’s diagnosis? If so, you are not alone. Many patients and caregivers report feeling down during the course of a cancer journey. These feelings can arise when adjusting to a new diagnosis or changes in relationships. They can also arise while adjusting to life after treatment or living as a “survivor”, even many years later. Identity challenges or emotions such as gui...

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  4. Caregiver Spotlight: Using Writing to Heal and Cope

    Caregiving can cause a roller coaster of emotions that change over time. Finding time and outlets to cope is not always easy. Dr. Robert Winn, medical director of Deer Valley and The Canyons in Park City, knows this struggle all too well. Life was near perfect for Dr. Winn and his beloved wife Nancy. When Nancy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), their world went tumbling out of control. Dr. Winn could not speak of Nancy's illness without getting choked up or crying, so to commun...

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  5. Light the Night – A Chance to Celebrate, Honor, and Connect

    Hi LLS Community! We would like to call your attention to our Light the Night walks, currently taking place all across the country. This is a great opportunity to get to know other patients and caregivers and to celebrate survivorship. These events are open to the public. Upcoming this weekend: 10/20/2016 Boston, MA – The Boston Commons Omaha, NE – Stinson Park at Aksarben Village Greer, SC – BMW Performance Center 10/21/2016 Athens, GA – The Classic Cent...

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  6. To Be Or Not To Be A Vegetarian

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist; Certified Diabetes Educator, PearlPoint Cancer Support Many times when I speak with people who are just diagnosed with cancer, they want to change their diet immediately. I get it. They want control over something in their life when suddenly everything seems out of control. Everyone else is asking for their time, setting doctors’ appointments, and scheduling imaging and laboratory tests. Cancer survivors may tu...

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