1. What’s new in LLS Community

    We have a new group for Healthcare Professionals! Are you a psychologist, social worker, nurse, physician or other healthcare professional treating patients with blood cancers? Connect with other professionals and receive notices of educational opportunities directly to your feed. To join, visit the Groups tab and then click on Private.

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  2. Struggling with Weight Gain During Treatment

    Unplanned weight gain is not usually discussed as a side effect of cancer treatment, but when it happens, a patient can experience other possible negative effects. For cancer patients, weight gain is usually not a result of increased muscle, which can be a good thing, but of increased fatty tissue, which may lead to chronic inflammation. Excess body weight is linked to an increased risk for other serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and circulatio...

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  3. A New Meaning to Mother's Day

    By Sarah Mowat We were having lunch with friends recently. The kids all went off in different directions, attempting various perilous toddler style ‘mission impossible’ stunts. My husband, Nick and I have a sweet and shy three year old, Evie, and a wild and wonderful almost 2 year old, Isobel. Whilst observing this nail biting display of toddler theatrics, we discussed the realities of parenting; the beauty, love, worry and exhaustion that intertwine and add a whole new meaning to o...

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  4. Panelists Discuss the AML Patient Experience

    What is AML? What research is underway? And what resources are available to patients? The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recently joined up with Patient Power and the MDS Alliance to host an AML Awareness Day and answer those questions. The April 21 webcast was moderated by Carol Preston, host of Patient Power, an online portal offering cancer information for both patients and professionals. Preston is also a chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) survivor. The panelists were Ellen Ritc...

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  5. Looking Back at Lymphoma (23 Years Later!)

    Life is a journey and I can personally attest to the many obstacles, emotions, milestones and lessons learned that come with it. I found out the hard way that life isn’t fair and there are no guarantees. I am told by many that there is a plan. That plan is to lead by example and love my life, myself and everybody in it. Those that know me will tell you I have a contagious personality in that I am happy, loved and fulfilled. I am no longer affected by what others think of me. My plan is...

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  6. Bringing the Patient Voice into Drug Development

    Wanting to make sure the patient voice is heard when it comes to the development of new therapies, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) recently brought a delegation to Washington D.C. to share personal experiences with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Plans for a research study to learn what patients and caregivers are looking for in new treatments were also presented. LLS’s Office of Public Policy knows the importance of pushing for new drug development, but you can...

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  7. Young Adults: Coping with Life After Cancer

    Cancer is disruptive at any point in one’s life, but especially so if the diagnosis comes in your 20s or 30s when you may be trying to create an independent life, work towards school or career goals, and find a partner. Many young people look forward to starting a family, while others spend time with friends and enjoy not having such heavy responsibilities. A diagnosis can be a serious disruption and leave you searching for ways to create the life you want.You hope that once treatment...

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  8. LLS Applauds Approval of New Therapy for CLL Patients

    Rye Brook, NY – April 12, 2016 – The approval of a new therapy for patients with a high-risk form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is welcome news for patients for whom there have been few other options, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) said today. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved venetoclax (Venclexta ®) to treat patients with a rare subset of CLL in which a piece of chromosome 17 is missing. The approved indication for the drug is for patients with th...

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  9. “I Don’t Have Money but I Have Time”

    Three or four days a week for the past five years, Dorothy Spriggs has been showing up for work at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Maryland chapter. However, instead of a paycheck, she is earning the satisfaction of knowing she is doing her part to give back and helping others with blood cancer. At age 73, the Baltimore woman known as “Ms. Dotti” has no plans to stop. She’s enjoying it way too much. “It’s the joy of being able to give back in a small way,” she ...

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  10. What I’ve Learned: Tips for Parents of Kids with ALL

    My daughter Mackenzie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in January 2014. Despite being the most common form of childhood cancer that has a very prescribed protocol with better-than-most survival rates, the diagnosis petrified me. My nine-year-old had cancer. Nothing could have prepared me for all that would mean in the next two years, but there were a few things that helped my family navigate this new world. I share the following in hopes that it will help...

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