Being diagnosed with a blood cancer can make you feel like you are alone. The Bloodline with LLS is here to remind you that after a diagnosis comes hope. Listen in as experts and patients guide listeners in understanding diagnosis, treatment, and resources available to blood cancer patients. Join Alicia Patten and Lizette Rivera from the Patient Access Education Team at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as they explore various survivorship topics.
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What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) Patients Should Know During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Has the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected your non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment? Join Alicia, Lizette and Edith as they speak with Dr. Lori Leslie about non-Hodgkin lymphoma and how patients have been receiving treatment during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Leslie is a part of the lymphoma division of the John Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack NJ. She treats lymphoma and CLL clinically, is the director of the indolent lymphoma and CLL research programs and is heavily involved in the lymphoma CAR-T program. On this episode, Dr. Leslie explains the different types of lymphoma. The doctor informed us on how the coronavirus is affecting lymphoma patients, as well as if lymphoma patients should be taking any extra precautions at this time. Dr. Leslie also updated us about the latest news regarding a vaccine for the coronavirus. During this time, we remain hopeful after hearing Dr. Leslie say that research for lymphoma has continued despite the pandemic, and new treatments were recently approved for lymphoma patients.
Support for this episode provided by Epizyme, Genentech, Karyopharm, and Pharmacyclics/Janssen.
Creating Something Bigger Than Myself Despite Cancer: Brett Hagler’s Story
Join this conversation as Alicia, Edith and Lizette sit down to chat with Brett Hagler. Brett is an author, cancer survivor, and CEO of New Story, an organization that pioneers solutions to end global homelessness by working to create the world's first 3D-printed community. On this episode, Brett explains how his chondrosarcoma diagnosis helped to refine his focus and future goals, putting him on the path of creating something bigger than himself. Despite diagnosis, Brett challenges patients to reflect on the question, “How do I want to remember this moment 10 years from now?”, to help gather strength and purpose to push forward. He also describes the crucial role of caregivers and the importance of having a supportive community rallying around each person facing a serious illness.
Understanding Racial and Ethnic Disparities Within Healthcare
Join this insightful conversation as Alicia, Edith and Lizette sit down to chat with Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, one of the nation’s leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Dr. Thomas is a Professor of Health Policy & Management and Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. On this episode, Dr. Thomas explains structural determinants of health and defines ‘health disparity’ and ‘health equity’ as it relates to ethnicity and race in America. Dr. Thomas emphasizes that only together can we create lasting change and better outcomes for all people. He explains how his students and colleagues continue to think outside the box when creating ways to bring education and awareness to those within marginalized groups. Dr. Thomas shares the results of various research studies, current trends and future plans and projects that help to address racial and ethnic disparities within healthcare.
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*The information contained in this podcast is for general information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. It is not intended to substitute the advice of your healthcare provider or information provided to you by your insurance carrier.
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