Welcome to the Fourth 2016 Issue of The CLL Tribune
As we close out another holiday season, we reflect upon the good times with family and friends, and remember all that has been accomplished in the world of CLL in 2016.
The CLL Society continued to provide education and resources to fill the unmet needs of CLL patients and caregivers, as well as those with related blood cancers. The Society also started a number of in-person patient support groups around the country where patients help patients understand their CLL and cope with a cancer diagnosis. And, most importantly in 2016, the dedicated researchers, clinicians, and scientists brought us new therapies in clinical trials and FDA-approved novel biologics for both first line treatment as well as hard-to-treat relapsed and refractory patients. The CLL Society helps explain the breakthroughs and helps in understanding our best choices, be it an approved therapy or a clinical trial.
It’s been hard work and a tireless fight by the researchers. But, even these dedicated professionals took time out of a few workdays to celebrate the holiday season. The National Institutes of Health made special gingerbread houses to not only educate and inspire, but also to have a little fun.
Now we look forward to the promise of more and better treatments to come in 2017. As CLL patients, we must stay vigilant, educated, and strong. And, with more people being diagnosed with CLL every day, we must continue to help them along their CLL journey.
Thousands of CLL patients are smarter because of you, and getting smarter care.
Together, let’s keep them learning in 2017. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the CLL Society today. After all, we’re all in this together. Thank you.
By Brian Koffman, MD and Chris Fegan, MB, MD, FRCP, FRCPath
Dr. Fegan and I met at a CLL-AN (CLL Advocacy Network) Horizon Forum in Belgrade, Serbia in November 2016 where we discussed the stress of being diagnosed with leukemia…Read more
By Mark Hoffman – Patient
Mark, a fellow CLL patient shares how he manages watch and wait and what works for him. His story is meant as an example and not a recommendation…Read more
By Brian Koffman, MD
We all understand that CLL is a disease of the immune system, but we need to keep in mind that its dysfunction can be manifested…Read more
By Richard Furman, MD
Dr. Richard Furman of Weill-Cornell Medical College answers readers’ questions submitted to the Q3 2016 issue of The CLL Tribune…Read more
By Brian Koffman, MD and John Pagel, MD, PhD
At ASH 2016 in San Diego, much of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) buzz was about the new data on the durability of the responses to ibrutinib…Read The Interview
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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.