We hope everyone who has been affected by the recent hurricanes is safe and on their way to being dry and home again (with power!) Our thoughts are with you.
As September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Friday is World Lymphoma Awareness Day, this week we’ve posted an article that explains the basics of CAR-T therapy. You may have seen this in the news recently when the first FDA approval was announced for use in acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but know that research is ongoing for CLL too. You can read my article here.
CLL Patient Support Group Meetings Coming Up
Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM in Orange, CA – The Orange County CLL Support Group, sponsored by the CLL Society, will be meeting. More information here.
Friday, September 15th at 10:00 AM in Montreal, Canada – Montreal CLL Support Group – Groupe de soutien de la LLC de Montréal, co-sponsored by Lymphoma Canada and the CLL Society, will be meeting. More information here.
Saturday, September 16th at 3:00 PM in Vienna, VA – The Washington DC-area CLL Patient Support Group, sponsored by the CLL Society, will be meeting. More information here.
Sunday, September 17th at 12 Noon in Albany, NY – The CLL Support Group of Albany (NY) will have their quarterly meeting. More information here.
Sunday, September 17th at 4:00 PM in San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco CLL Support Group, sponsored by the CLL Society, will be meeting. More information here.
Monday, September 18th at 7:00 PM in Duarte, CA – The City of Hope CLL Support Group, sponsored by the CLL Society, will be meeting. More information here.
ALSO – We are actively forming CLL-specific support groups in a number of cities across the country. There has been recent interest in forming support groups in the following cities: Raleigh, NC, Cincinnati, OH, Dallas, TX, Syracuse, NY, Nashville, TN, Hartford, CT, Greensboro NC and Central Massachusetts. Complete the interest survey and let’s see if we can get one going! See what other cities are looking to form support groups by clicking here. Not listed, but interested in starting one? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
CLL Patient Education Meetings
CLL Society Sponsored Meetings
Saturday, September 16th from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM in Salt Lake City, UT – In partnership with the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the CLL Society invites you to attend our informational CLL Patient Education Forum. Featured speakers include Deborah Stephens, DO, John Sweetenham, MD, Katie Barker, RD, CD from Huntsman, Ben Fogel representing LLS, and Brian Koffman, MD and Terry Evans from the CLL Society. Due to an overwhelming response, registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you there.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Sponsored Meetings
Saturday, September 23rd from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in Milwaukee, WI – LLS will be hosting Wisconsin Blood Cancer Conference being held at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WI. A breakout session on CLL will be held featuring Farrukh T. Awan, MD, MS from Ohio State University. This event is free, but registration is required. To find out more information and to register, click here.
Lymphoma Research Foundation Sponsored Meetings
LRF will be hosting Ask the Doctor: Updates on Lymphoma and Treatment Options meetings in Baltimore on September 13th at 6 PM , in Pasadena, CA on October 5th at 6 PM, and in Houston on November 16th at 6 PM (NOTE NEW DATE). The meetings are free, but registration is required. Dinner will be provided to all registered attendees. Click the link for your city for more information and to register.
Lymphoma Canada Sponsored Meeting
Lymphoma Canada will be hosting their first National Conference on Lymphoma September 15-16 starting at 1:00 PM in Montreal, Canada. This event is free, but spaces are limited and registration is required. Find out more information and register here.
In the meantime….
We are all in this together.
Brian Koffman, MD