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Your COVID-19 questions and concerns are of huge importance to us, and your opportunity to ask them of our expert panelists is just around the corner!
Our CLL community is well-schooled in hand washing, social distancing, and other common sense measures to reduce the risk of contracting infectious diseases.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic is a unique infectious threat that appeared on the scene only a few months ago and definitive strategies for avoiding this particular infection are still being formulated. Sheltering in place made perfect sense to us. Now that the lockdown is unwinding, many of you are asking for guidance as to how we can safely navigate re-entry.
Mark June 18th on your calendar. Register now and ask your questions!
COVID-19 Virtual Community Meeting: Managing Re-Entry
Join our CLL experts Dr. Mazyar Shadman, and Dr. Deborah Stephens, Infectious Disease specialists Drs. Kimberly Hanson and Josh Hill, Laboratory Scientist Dr. Susan Leclair and moderator Dr. Brian Koffman as they answer your questions about navigating re-entry on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM MT/ 1:00 PM CT/ 2:00 PM ET. Learn more and register here.
ASH 2019 Conference Coverage
The treatment for CLL greatly improved with our understanding of the importance of blocking the signaling of the cancer cells through the BTK pathway. Ibrutinib and acalabrutinib are examples of drugs that have this mechanism of action and both have successfully controlled CLL for many patients.
However, the science keeps moving forward and in Dr. Koffman’s ASH 2019 interview with Dr. Adrian Wiestner, we learn that a new drug currently in clinical trial, NRX, not only blocks, but entirely degrades and eliminates BTK.
Expert Access: CLL Society’s no cost 2nd Opinion with a CLL Expert
Patient quote: “I reached out to the Expert Access Program, received a response within the week, and had a video conference with possibly the top of all the top shelf Doctors in this field! I went from fatalistic to hopeful in 30 minutes. I am very grateful this Program is available and highly recommend it. I cannot imagine anyone regretting doing so.” See what Expert Access can do for you!
Funds Available – Team Rubicon
This bears repeating: In case you missed this announcement, the CLL Society would like to share with you details of the COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Program. Patients with an identified financial need can apply for a one-time grant of $500 to help pay for food and other nutritional items. Additional potential benefits include delivery of food and other critical supplies directly to your place of residence by one of Team Rubicon’s (mostly military veteran) volunteers. https://teamrubiconusa.org/applynow/
The CLL Society is here to help!
Co-Founder & Communications Director
CLL Society, Inc.
Test Before Treat™
Stories from our readers highlight the importance of proper prognostic testing. Read here. Request a free bright red Test Before Treat™ reminder bracelet. Tell us how testing before treatment, or lack thereof, influenced your CLL management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLL Society Support Group Meetings Coming Up!
CLL Society Support Group meetings are moving to a virtual platform for most locations due to the threat of coronavirus. Support group members will receive an invitation to register for the meeting from the support group facilitator. If you are new to the group, please contact the RSVP email for the Support Group in the link to the specific location below. Once it is safe again, we will resume in-person meetings.
The Orange County CLL Support Group – June 9 @ 7:00 pm
San Diego CLL Society Support and Education Meeting – June 10 @ 4:00 pm
Cincinnati CLL Patient Support Group – June 10 @ 6:00 pm
Raleigh Area CLL Patient Support Group – June 10 @ 7:00 pm
Salt Lake City CLL Support Group – June 10 @ 7:00 pm
Sacramento CLL Patient Support Group – June 11 @ 6:30 pm
Long Island CLL Support Group – June 11 @ 7:00 pm
Houston-area CLL Support Group – June 13 @ 10:00 am
Orlando CLL Support Group – June 13 @ 2:00 pm
Philadelphia CLL Patient Support Group – June 13 @ 2:00 pm
New York City CLL Support Group – June 14 @ 3:00 pm
Atlanta Metro CLL Support Group – June 14 @ 3:00 pm
DFW – Dallas Area CLL Patient Support Group – June 14 @ 3:00 pm
Chicago CLL Support Group – June 16 @ 7:00 pm
Montreal CLL/SLL Support Group – June 17 @ 6:00 pm
Portland CLL Support Group – June 17 @ 6:00 pm
Milwaukee CLL Support Group – June 18 @ 6:00 pm
Twin Cities CLL Support Group – June 18 @ 7:00 pm
New Jersey CLL Patient Support Group – June 18 @ 7:00 pm
Western North Carolina CLL Patient Support Group – June 20 @ 10:00 am
City of Hope CLL Support Group – June 20 @ 10:00 am
Central Florida CLL Support Group – June 20 @ 10:30 am
West LA CLL Support Group – June 20 @ 11:00 am
Oberlin, OH, CLL Patient Support Group – June 20 @ 1:00 pm
Washington DC-area CLL Patient Support Group – June 20 @ 3:00 pm
San Francisco area CLL Patient Support Group – June 21 @ 4:00 pm
Visit the individual event listings on our website for the most up-to-date information on all CLL Society Support Group meetings.
Lymphoma Research Foundation Meetings
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM CDT / 4:00 PM MDT / 3:00 PM PDT
VIRTUAL – Ask the Doctor About Lymphoma: Updates on Lymphoma and Treatment Options with Dr. James L. Rubenstein at University of California, San Francisco. Learn more and register here.