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Blood Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) – September

Well, here it is! The month that reminds me how lucky I am to have received so much wonderful care thus far in my lymphoma journey. I’m incredibly thankful for all the research which has provided amazing treatments. What we need now, of course, is a cure!! Because it’s Blood Cancer Awareness, we have multiple…

Pink Ambulances?

If you live in the Hampton Roads, VA vicinity, you may very well have seen pink ambulances on the road. What’s the deal? Why would someone paint ambulances pink? I bet you can guess. Uh huh, they painted them pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer. What a great idea! An employee of the…

Copanlisib+Rituximab Shows Promise for Some Lymphomas

According to the American Society of Hematology (ASH), findings from phase III of the CHRONOS-3 trial testing a combination therapy using copanlisib and rituximab reduced the risk of progression or death by 48% compared with rituximab alone. The study was open to participants who had relapsed Indolent B-cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, including follicular lymphoma, small lymphocytic…

Humor – Coping Mechanism, Anti-Doldrums Agent

I was planning on putting together a lengthier post on the subject of humor as a coping tool, and I still may. However, l feel like posting something now. I was recently reminded of my transplant experience, which made me chuckle. I know that doesn’t sound like a funny memory, but with the high stakes…

Sarcoma Awareness Month

A sarcoma diagnosis is rare in adults but fairly prevalent among children with cancer. The disease forms in various types of connective tissue and can therefore arise almost anywhere in the body. While sarcomas can sometimes be eradicated with currently available treatments – surgery, chemotherapy, radiation – roughly 50% of cases don’t respond. Thus, it’s…

The Curse of the Covid Weight Gain

Am I allowed to blame Covid-19 for the unfortunate change to my body mass index over the past year? I think it’s warranted! Yes, I know I’ve been responsible for putting food into my own mouth regularly. And I realize I could possibly have pushed a little harder to get more exercise. But wait! Hear…

Coping Tools – Getting Creative

I posted several weeks ago about journaling, one of the coping tools I’ve been using to help me deal with the many challenges I’ve faced since being diagnosed with lymphoma. Quite a few of my fellow cancer bloggers have done the same. However, given the sheer number of difficult circumstances – side effects, multiple recurrences…

CAR-T Approved for Multiple Myeloma

Earlier this year, the FDA announced approval of a CAR-T treatment for adults with Multiple Myeloma. Good news for those affected by the disease, which represents up to 32,000 new diagnoses annually in the U.S. according the National Cancer Institute. This chimeric antigen receptor t-cell treatment (CAR-T) is being called Abecma by it’s maker, Celgene…

Who to Trust With Your New Diagnosis

You’re leaving your doctor’s office. He or she has just given you the results of your biopsy. You have cancer! You feel light-headed. Tiny beads of sweat begin breaking out across your brow as a terrible churning starts in the pit of your stomach. You’re making your way out the door trying to wear a…

Free Daily Medication Tracker

In my time as a cancer patient, I’ve had the dubious honor to receive tons of medical prescriptions. You may have, too. During my bone marrow transplant, the days were filled to the brim with taking medications of all sorts on top of my daily visits to the clinic. At first, it was almost too…

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