Being diagnosed with a blood cancer can make you feel like you are alone. The Bloodline with LLS is here to remind you that after a diagnosis comes hope. Listen in as experts and patients guide listeners in understanding diagnosis, treatment, and resources available to blood cancer patients. Join Alicia Patten and Lizette Rivera from the Patient Access Education Team at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as they explore various survivorship topics.
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Tragedy to Legacy: NFL Player Continues The Fight
Join us as we speak to Alex Okafor, a defensive end with the Kansas City Chiefs. Alex lost his mother to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2020. In this episode, Alex talks about his mother’s short battle with AML and the difficulties his family faced receiving this diagnosis during a global pandemic. Following his mother’s death, Alex found a new determination to make his mother proud and continue her legacy in fighting against racial injustice and creating a better society for the black community.
*Since the taping of this podcast, Alex has launched the Alex Okafor Family Foundation, which is raising funds for the LLS Scholarship for Blood Cancer Survivors Program. In addition, in honor of Mother’s Day, Alex wrote a touching letter to his mother, titled A Letter to My Mother for The Players Tribune website.
Support for this episode provided by Genentech, Inc. and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
Bring It On: From Lymphoma to Advocacy
Join us as we speak with Jan White, a survivor and thriver of Stage IV Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. In this episode, Jan shares her story of how she went from facing immediate paralysis and death to using her experience to advocate for patients. She became a legislative advocate for LLS, started a website to share her experience, and has participated in numerous national conferences in support of cancer patients and healthcare access.
Support for this episode provided by Epizyme, Karyopharm Therapeutics and Pharmacyclics & Janssen Biotech.
Navajo Nation: The First Cancer Center on a Reservation
Join us as we speak to Dr. Johanna DiMento and Dr. Frank Dalichow, oncologists at the first cancer center on a reservation in the United States. In this episode, the doctors share about the realities of cancer care for Native American communities. They also discuss how they were able to bring cancer care to the Navajo and Hopi tribes, and the importance of inclusivity and culturally appropriate care for this population.
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Support for The Bloodline with LLS provided by Amgen; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Jazz Pharmaceuticals; Kite, A Gilead Company; Novartis; Pharmacyclics, an AbbVie company and Janssen Biotech; Seattle Genetics and Takeda Oncology.
*The information contained in this podcast is for general information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. It is not intended to substitute the medical advice of your healthcare provider, information provided to you by your insurance carrier, or to provide legal advice with respect to the subject matter addressed in the podcast.
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