Quarter 4 2017: Volume 3 Issue 4

Welcome to the Fourth 2017 Issue of The CLL Tribune

Another year is coming to a close. And what a year it has been! While there is still no cure for CLL, we’re still learning and making progress. Venetoclax is making headway in the treatment of CLL, with fewer side effects than Ibrutinib for many patients. New promising therapies are on the horizon, and there is hope—hope for a cure.

At the CLL Society, we continue to provide news and insights to these issues and more—through our website (CLLsociety.org), reports and videos from major medical conferences focused on CLL and related blood cancers, this quarterly newsletter, patient and caregiver surveys, and our CLL-specific support groups. We’re now even providing free second opinions through the CLL Society Expert Access pilot program.

And, we believe we’re making a difference. Traffic to the CLL Society website has grown more than 60% in 2017 and the number of unique visitors has doubled. We look forward to the day when no one has a reason to visit CLLSociety.org because a cure has been found. Until that day, however, we’re here for every patient and caregiver that faces the challenges of CLL and related blood cancers.

We hope that you, too, will help support the blood cancer community. We’re all in this together, and together we can make a difference. Please consider a tax deductible donation to the CLL Society today.

Living Well With CLL

Fishing for Mindful Meditation

By Dr. La Verne Abe Harris – Patient

Recently I was fishing in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona with my husband, Carl…Read more

11 years of Running a CLL Support Group

By Mal Blotner – Patient

In early 2006, a square dancing friend of mine told me that he had recently been diagnosed with CLL…Read more

A Family of CLL

 by Janet Alexander – Patient

Do you remember the parable about the blind men and the elephant?…Read more

Patient Profile: A Story of Hope

By Mark Silverstein, SLL & CLL Patient

A speech given at the Lymphoma Canada National Conference, The Changing Landscape of Lymphoma…Read more

What, Me Worry?

By Alfred E. Newman, editor and publisher, Mad Magazine, 
aka Ronald R. Campbell, MD – CLL Patient

My name is Ron Campbell. I am a retired physician, a very fortunate and happy family man…Read more

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Did You Know?

CLL Facts

By Brian Koffman, MD

CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) and SLL (small lymphocytic lymphoma) are cancers of the identical B cells…Read more

The Basics

Things to Know About Venetoclax

By Tom Henry – CLL Patient and Pharmacist

Venetoclax (ven ET oh Klax) which is marketed under the tradename of Venclexta® in the U.S. and Canada, is a selective inhibitor of B-cell chronic lymphoma 2 (BCL-2)….Read more

Beyond The Basics

The Role of Radiology and Imaging in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

By Chau Huynh, MD

The abnormal white blood cells or “leukemic cells” produced in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) can reside for years in various parts of the body…Read more

Ask & Tell

Tell us what sections are most important to you, what topics are missing, and what are YOUR educational needs… Read more

Ask The Doctor

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

By Richard Furman, MD

Dr. Richard Furman of Weill-Cornell Medical College answers readers’ questions submitted to the Q3 2017 issue of The CLL Tribune…Read more

Conference Coverage

ASH 2017: Dr. John Pagel Discusses Real-world Data on the Use of Venetoclax in CLL

By Brian Koffman, MD and John Pagel, MD, PhD

At the ASH (American Society of Hematology) Annual Meeting and Exposition 2017, we heard not only about new trials, but also learned from retrospective research…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.