1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. VP Biden Addresses Researchers @ ASCO16

    Speaking from the heart, Vice President Joseph Biden addressed thousands of cancer researchers today in a packed hall at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (#ASCO16) annual meeting in Chicago, to tout his Cancer Moonshot initiative. The theme of this year’s #ASCO16 meeting, “Collective Wisdom – The Future of Patient-Centered Care and Research,” is perfectly aligned with the goals of the Moonshot, Biden told the rapt audience.

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  6. Precision Medicine and Immunotherapy @ ASCO16

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology (#ASCO16) annual meeting featured several significant oral scientific presentations on the blood cancers over the weekend here in Chicago. CPX-351: A session on hematological malignancies Saturday afternoon included a discussion of final data from the Phase 3 clinical trial of Celator’s drug CPX-351 (Vyxeos ®). LLS invested substantially in this study through our Therapy Acceleration Program (TAP). The study was in a small subset of elderly pati...

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  7. Putting Patients at the Center of Care at #ASCO16

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology (#ASCO16) annual meeting kicked off today as more than 30,000 researchers from around the world converged in Chicago to share their latest clinical findings on treatments and diagnostics for all cancers, and to exchange ideas about how to improve outcomes for cancer patients. Putting patients at the center of cancer care and research is this year’s theme at ASCO, something we at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) try to do every day. Sprin...

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  8. Staying One Step Ahead of Myeloma – and Counting on New Research

    Myeloma is a beast. It is a complicated cancer with no cure and, with so many different types, no two patients are the same. Drugs can put it into remission, but it almost always comes back. And when it does, it’s a little more aggressive and needs to be attacked in a different way. This is knowledge I’ve been living with for four years now and I’m doing everything I can to stay one step ahead of my disease. Believing there was a cure down the line, I opted for a clinical tri...

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  9. The Bright Light (Actually Two!) at the End of the Tunnel

    I was 28, married for two years, and my husband and I had just celebrated our one-year anniversary at my business, Gigi’s Cupcakes. We were happy and healthy and ready to start thinking about having a family. Life was perfect! On March 30, 2012, that all changed. I had gone to see my physician for bruising on my legs. After undergoing a couple of lab tests, my doctor informed me that in all his years of medicine, he had never seen a white blood cell count that high. He couldn’t fathom ...

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  10. Rest, Relax & Renew

    Anxiety is a real and true problem for about 40 million American adults—and lots of them are not even part of the nation’s cancer cohort. For many people with cancer, trying to eject the big C from the front of their minds is tough to do. After weeks or months of treatments to get to remission, or receiving a chronic cancer diagnosis with a wait-and-see approach until treatment is needed (what one of my friends terms “medical limbo”), it is certainly a challenge to get past the anx...

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