1. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Late Effects

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Adult survivors of childhood cancer may still deal with the late effects of cancer and cancer treatment years after their last treatment. The late effects of childhood cancer can include many different parts of the body and differ from person to person. Predominately the risk of late effects depends on the following: Type of cancer Specific treatments received Age...

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  2. Choosing Treatment for YOUR Myeloma

    With more multiple myeloma (MM) treatments being approved and personalized for myeloma patients, Drs. Gareth Morgan, Faith Davies, and Frits van Rhee, from the UAMS Myeloma Institute discuss the expanding armamentarium.

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  3. LLS is Coming to You! 2016 Blood Cancer Conferences

    We are in your neighborhood! Here’s where you can catch us throughout the year at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Blood Cancer Conferences! LLS Blood Cancer Conferences are free education events for blood cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals to learn more about treatment options, emerging therapies, management of survivorship issues and LLS resources. Click on your state for more information, as it becomes available: ...

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  4. The Check-Up: Appointment Anxiety

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support While going through cancer treatment, I became very familiar with the treatment center. I knew the best places to park and that the vending machines are around the corner from the bathroom. At every appointment, the same friendly receptionist greeted me with a smile from behind her desk sign that read, “HOPE: Having only positive expectations.” A familiar nurse stuck me with an IV, reassuring me that she’s known a...

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  5. Advancing a Treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

    In April we featured a Q&A in this blog with LLS-funded researcher Anthony Letai, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who discussed in his work leading to clinical trials of a drug called venetoclax (Venclexta ®) for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The drug was FDA approved in April for a high-risk form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). AML is a deadly blood cancer that has seen no change in the standard of care in 40 years. More than 20,000 people a year are diagnosed with A...

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  6. Cancer Survivorship: Going Back to School

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support Summer is coming to a close, and school will be back in session soon. Did you put school on hold after receiving a cancer diagnosis? Have you decided to return to school to pursue a new career path? Are you currently in school while undergoing cancer treatment? No matter your situation, here are some things to consider about going to school as a cancer survivor: Studying with Chemo Brain Cognitive issues or “chemo...

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  7. Creating Your Budget After Cancer

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support Even with health insurance, cancer costs can be expensive. One of the best ways to prepare for these expenses is to plan ahead by creating a budget. To create your budget, you can use PearlPoint’s Budgeting Worksheets, create your own spreadsheet, or download a budgeting app on your smart phone. When creating your budget, you will need to include all sources of income such as: salary, Social Security, short-term disabi...

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  8. Myth vs. Truth: Sugar and Cancer

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist; Certified Diabetes Educator, PearlPoint Cancer Support You shouldn’t eat sugar at all if you have cancer. False! You CAN have small amounts of sugar, even after a cancer diagnosis. Sugar does NOT cause cancer. The myth that sugar causes cancer gives sugar a bad name. There are many flavors and foods a person with cancer may not be able to swallow or digest. Weight loss and malnutrition is a concern for many c...

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