This week I’m posting an interview from ASH 2017 with Dr. John Byrd from The Ohio State University and my CLL Expert for the past 7 years. In this interview, we discuss the data about acalabrutinib, a second generation BTK inhibitor being studied for CLL patients with relapsed refractory disease. You can read my summary, view the interview or read the transcript here.
NOW OPEN! CLL Society Expert Access™ program, a no-cost, second opinion with a CLL Expert that can be accessed from the comfort of your home. Anyone diagnosed with CLL in the United States who has not had access to an expert second opinion is eligible to apply. Find out more and apply for the program here.
Catalina Swim for Leukemia –50-year-old Stan Kurtz has picked the CLL Society as the beneficiary for a fundraiser to honor his father-in-law who lost his battle with CLL on April 15th. Stan will be swimming from Catalina Island to San Pedro (~22 miles) on August 4th. If you haven’t already, please check out the progress of Stan Kurtz as he trains to swim from Catalina to Pales Verdes to raise money for leukemia at his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=stan%20kurtz. You can read more about his amazing story here.
CLL Patient Support Group Meetings Coming Up
Tuesday, June 26th at 7:00 PM in Berea, OH – The Northeast Ohio CLL Support Group, sponsored by the CLL Society will be meeting. More information here.
Wednesday, June 27th at 7:00 PM in Rochester, NY – The Rochester NY CLL Support Group, sponsored by the CLL Society will be meeting. More information here.
Thursday, July 5th at 7:00 PM in New City, NY – The CLL Information & Support Group of Rockland County NY, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be meeting. More information here.
Monday, July 9th at 6:00 PM in Indianapolis, IN – The CLL and Indolent Blood Cancers Support Group will be meeting. More information here.
CLL Patient Education Meetings
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Sponsored Meetings
Saturday, July 21st from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in Atlanta, GA
LLS invites you to attend Georgia Blood Cancer Conference being held at The Westin Buckhead Atlanta. Pamela Crilley, DO from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America will be presenting during the CLL breakout session. This event is free but registration is required. Find out more information and Register here.
Lymphoma Research Foundation Sponsored Meetings
Tuesday, June 26th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM in New York City
The Lymphoma Research Foundation invites you to attend a FREE program: Ask the Doctor About Lymphoma: Updates on Lymphoma and Treatment Options at the New York Marriott East Side featuring Sarah Rutherford, MD from the Weill-Cornell. Find out more information and register here.
Thursday, August 9th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
The Lymphoma Research Foundation invites you to attend a FREE program: Ask the Doctor About Lymphoma: Updates on Lymphoma and Treatment Options at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights featuring Lori Ann Leslie, MD from the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Hospital. Find out more information and register here.
The Ohio State University Sponsored Meeting
Monday, July 23rd from 6:00 – 7:30 PM ET in Columbus OH or Streaming
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University invites you to attend Ask the Expert: Current Concepts for CLL Patients in Observation Status AND in Treatment being held on the Conference Level in Room L045. Corinne Hoffman, CNP and Mollie Moran, CNP will discuss tips for newly diagnosed asymptomatic CLL patients who are in observation and what signs and symptoms to look for when treatment might be recommended, as well as symptom management tips for patients receiving treatment. More information here. Register here.
In the meantime….
We are all in this together.
Brian Koffman, MD