1. Another Option: Clinical Trials

    A blood cancer diagnosis typically leads one to an oncologist or hematologist, a cancer center and a conversation about available treatment options. One option that is not always presented is that of being part of a research study. Clinical trials are carefully controlled studies of new or existing drugs, conducted by doctors. Researchers are trying to find ways to increase the effectiveness or decrease the side effects of treatment. A treatment that is proven safe and effective in a clini...

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  2. Amusement Park Safety for Cancer Survivors

    By Abby Henry, Oncology Content Manager, PearlPoint Cancer Support | July 2016 Amusement parks are a fantastic source of family fun during the summer. Maybe you are planning a special trip to Disney World? Maybe you have season passes to Six Flags? Whatever your amusement park dreams, if you are a cancer survivor, you may need to take extra caution before embarking on your adventure. First and foremost, clear any travel and activities with your healthcare team. Be detailed. If you plan ...

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  3. Zebrafish: A New Way to Study Leukemia

    David Traver, Ph.D., a professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, is the recipient of an LLS Career Development Program (CDP) grant. Traver’s research laboratory is using the zebrafish as a model to study the biology of cancer. Most of his team’s studies are aimed at understanding how the hematolymphoid system arises in the zebrafish embryo from the first hematopoietic stem cells. The zebrafish system offers easy visualization of blood cel...

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  4. It’s All About You! Your Profile on LLS Community

    Your Profile provides important information that allows us to send you disease-specific updates, treatment information, and information about how to access financial assistance programs specific to your diagnosis of interest. Complete or update your profile by clicking Finish it Now:

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  5. We All Scream for Ice Cream

    By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN | July 2016 What is America's favorite dessert? Ice cream is definitely in the running! Did you know that ice cream can be beneficial for cancer survivors? Ice cream can help you manage side effects from cancer and cancer treatment such as weight loss, sore mouth, sore throat, and change in taste and smell. During cancer treatment, sometimes it is difficult to find a food, texture, or flavor that's appealing. The possible flavors and textures of ice cream...

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  6. Cancer Wasn’t Going to Stop Me

    When I entered Rutgers University, I thought, “This is the beginning of the rest of my life.” Little did I know that virtually my entire college career I would be battling cancer. I was sick and had mono symptoms at least twice a month my entire freshman year, developed a lump on my neck the fall semester of my sophomore year, and after a surgery to remove the lump, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. I just turned 20 and I had cancer. I thought my life was over. I kept thinking, “...

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  7. Announcing our New Medication Resource for Myeloma Patients

    While living with myeloma, you may have a number of different medications to take at home - medications you took prior to diagnosis, those you now take to treat myeloma, and others to reduce the side effects of treatment. The effectiveness of your medication is best when you follow your medication course as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. LLS is happy to share a new calendar to help you with your oral medication routine. The calendar includes helpful tips, a section for you to...

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  8. Cancer Researcher Runs Alaska Half Marathon to Raise Funds for Lifesaving Treatments

    Not only has Irene Ghobrial, M.D. dedicated her professional life to finding lifesaving treatments for cancer, but over the past few months she has dedicated her leisure time to training for a half marathon in Alaska, to raise funds for cancer research. Ghobrial has trained with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT), the non-profit’s endurance training program. Ghobrial, a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) physician-scientist, has been closely affiliated ...

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  9. A Vaccine to Treat Mantle Cell Lymphoma?

    Ronald Levy, professor of medicine and former chief of the Division of Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine, helped develop and test the first US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved monoclonal antibody against cancer for the treatment of B-cell lymphoma. Rituximab is now a standard of treatment alone and also in combination with chemotherapy regimens. Levy is receiving LLS funding through the Translational Research Program for research into an immunotransplant...

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  10. Should I Take Dietary Supplements?

    When diagnosed with cancer, you are eager to do whatever it takes to beat your disease. Part of that eagerness may be to use dietary supplements, such as vitamins; minerals; or herbal, botanical, enzyme or amino acid products and liquids. Not all supplements are safe or effective for all cancer survivors. Yet, some cancer centers report that 25 to 77 percent of patients take dietary supplements outside of their treatment plan developed by their healthcare team. Is this the right thing to do? ...

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