Quarter 4 2015: Volume 1 Issue 2

Welcome to the Second Issue of The CLL Tribune

As we close out 2015, we recognize the tremendous progress made this year in the understanding of CLL, and the many scientific advances that have led to better treatment options. In this second issue of The CLL Tribune, we share information from our medical experts on intricacies of the disease and some new treatment opportunities, as well as informative articles from CLL patients.

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We hope you enjoy our final 2015 issue. Keep on the lookout for our next issue in March 2016!

As we look forward to 2016, the CLL Society remains committed to providing patients with valuable information, education and support. If you can support our mission with an end of the year tax-deductible donation, be assured it will be used to help more patients and caregivers and allow us to offer more services.

We wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a healthy and Happy New Year. Stay strong. We are all in this together.

Living Well With CLL

The Role of the Clinical Trial Nurse

terry-evans By Sheila Hoff, RN and Terry Evans – Patient

An interview between Terry Evans, CLL patient and Sheila Hoff, RN, Clinical Trial Nurse at the University of California, San Diego, Moores Cancer Center…Read more

The Days after My Life-Saving BMT

By Erin Michaela Sweeney – Patient

It was so emotionally painful to be apart from my baby boy, but I gained wisdom with my time of heartache….Read more

37 Trillion Reasons to Eat a Healthy Diet

By Jim Werner – Patient

Here’s a trivia question for you – how many cells make up the human body?  If you said 37 trillion, you’re right…Read more


By Mark Silverstein – Patient

I had already written five very different versions of this, what I at least thought were smart topics but then I started thinking…Read more

How CLL Changed My Life

By Janet Morrison – Patient

I was recently asked how CLL had changed my life.As I reflected upon this question, I realized…Read more

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Did You Know?

CLL Facts

By Brian Koffman, MD

CLL is not officially diagnosed by simply finding a lymphocyte count of greater than 5,000 cells per microliter of blood on a blood test….Read more

The Basics

What is a lymph node?

By Brian Koffman, MD

We have a cancer of the lymphatic system so it is important to know what that means…Read more

Beyond The Basics

How Do Anti-CD20 Antibodies Work?

By Sanjay Sharma, MD

This article will touch on the use of anti-CD20 antibodies, specifically obinutuzumab (Gazyva), the first type 2 monoclonal antibody…Read more

Ask & Tell

View Reader Poll Results & Submit Questions

View the results of the reader poll from our last issue, submit a question you’d like addressed in future newsletters and participate in another brief reader poll… Read more

Ask The Doctor

Questions submitted by readers and answered by the CLL Society Medical Advisory Board

By Richard Furman, MD

Watch and Wait! I keep hearing that it has been shown that there is no benefit for early treatment. However…Read more

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The CLL Society does not provide medical advice or endorsements. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all content in the CLL Tribune is the opinion or information of its author, not the CLL Society. This newsletter is for reference and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any of the materials. Always contact your own doctor or other professional healthcare provider if you have any questions concerning your or your family’s health. Everyone’s circumstances are different.