1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. “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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  6. 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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  7. Oral Therapies in Myeloma: Medication Adherence

    Learn about the importance of taking treatments as prescribed by the doctors, tips to help patients take oral medication as prescribed, and tips and strategies for successful communication with the healthcare team.

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  8. Keeping a Good Weight during Treatment: Unwanted Weight Loss

    Why is your weight the first thing people often notice about you? What’s so important about being weighed each time you have an appointment with your health care team? Well, a healthy weight is crucial during cancer. Body weight is one of the vital signs or body measurements that are monitored during cancer treatments. Just as blood pressure and pulse reflect your health at one point in time, your body weight pattern too gives insight into your health. Changes in your weight may come fr...

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  9. LLS Announces Progress Against Devastating Disease

    White Plains, NY, March 14, 2016 – An investigational therapy supported by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) performed significantly better than the standard therapy in a Phase 3 clinical trial for patients with high-risk (secondary) acute myeloid leukemia (AML), its developer announced today. AML remains the deadliest of all blood cancers, and there have been no new therapies for nearly 40 years. LLS funded the Phase 3 clinical trial through its Therapy Acceleration Program® ...

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  10. Learning to “Live” with Myeloma

    By definition a survivor is a person who copes with difficulties in their life. In 2006, my 80-year-old father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Like most people, I had no idea what that meant. After doing some research, I discovered it to be a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow, which can be treated but not cured. He was diabetic and had heart disease, there weren’t many treatments, so options were limited. He passed within ten months. I didn’t realize it then but he showe...

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