1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Myth vs. Truth: Juicing

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist; Certified Diabetes Educator, PearlPoint Cancer Support Juicing is a MUST for cancer survivors. False! Juicing is a way to make beverages by turning fruits and vegetables into their liquid form. The pulp and fiber are removed so just the juice remains. Juicing is a great way to get concentrated nutrients, fluids, and mega-calories in one glass. Juicing produces a refreshing beverage with no preservatives, artifici...

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  6. Through the Fog: Managing Chemo Brain

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support As a cancer survivor myself, I’ve frequently heard my fellow cancer survivor friends dismiss bouts of forgetfulness or simple mistakes as “chemo brain.” We always chuckle at this joke. Humor can be a powerful healing tool, but cognitive issues are a real side effect of cancer treatment that can be frustrating and scary for the cancer survivors who experience them. As many as 75% of cancer survivors experience cogn...

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  7. Creating Safe and Effective Cancer Treatments: FDA Approval Process for Cancer Drugs

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support If you are a cancer survivor who received chemotherapy or immunotherapy at a hospital or treatment center accredited by the Commission on Cancer, the drugs you received were either FDA approved or part of an FDA monitored clinical trial. (If you were part of a clinical trial, you would know it! You have to agree to participate before receiving the drug.) If you’ve ever watched an add on TV for a medication that requir...

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