Western Canada is excited to host our first ever online blood cancer conference! This event is aimed at those affected by an acute leukemia and their families. Join us for 3 exciting education events that will provide insight into the latest developments into AML research and treatments as well as life after treatment.
Discovering new avenues for the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia
June 19th at 11:00 am MDT
In this webcast, Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer, clinician-scientist at the Terry Fox Laboratory and Leukemia/BMT program of BC will discuss current research on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) research and how this could change treatment in Western Canada. Dr. Kuchenbauer will share his professional journey as a researcher and hematologist.
Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer
Dr. Kuchenbauer moved to Vancouver two years ago to set up a translational research program between the BC Cancer Research Centre and Vancouver General Hospital. His work focuses on non-coding RNAs, leukemia and myeloma models and drug-related research.
Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant: from referral to follow up
June 19th 2021, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MDT
Allogeneic stem cell or marrow transplants continue to be a treatment option for many diagnosed with leukemia, aggressive lymphoma and other hematological disorders. Join transplant coordinators Lucas and Jason as they provide insight into the pathway prior to allogeneic stem cell transplant and the road to recovery afterwards.
Jason Ramer is a Registered Nurse who is passionate about caring for individuals with various hematological disorders. He has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient hematology and oncology settings, and currently serves as an Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, AB. His role involves walking alongside patients post-transplant and assisting them in managing their follow-up care.
Lucas Chambers graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2017 and started his career as a registered nurse at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, AB in outpatient and inpatient oncology care. In his current role as an Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator, he assists the referral and work up process of prospective transplant recipients and supports patients' and family needs during their journey towards transplant.
Life after acute myeloid leukemia: Personal stories of hope
June 19th 2021 2:30pm to 3:45 pm MDT
Hear real stories from three Acute Myeloid Leukemia panelists about hope, healing and recovery. Our panel of speakers will each share their story of diagnosis, treatment and recovery and provide personal insight into managing a blood cancer diagnosis.
Michael Wark was 27 when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in his hometown of Red Deer, Alberta in June 2018. Like many before him, he found his world turned upside down overnight by the diagnosis, but was fortunate to receive excellent care at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary over the next 8 months, achieving full remission in January 2019 following an allogeneic stem cell transplant. Since then, Michael has written extensively about his experiences with blood cancer and become a passionate advocate for young adult cancer support and stem cell donor registration. Today, he considers himself grateful to be alive, and a privilege to support and walk alongside those facing similar battles with blood cancer.
Libby describes her 2008 diagnosis with Acute Myeloid Leukemia as feeling like she was suddenly transported into a terrifying and isolating parallel universe. One day she was a competent professional and devoted mother, wife and friend. The next day she was a terrified blood cancer patient. Now, as a longer term survivor, Libby remains grateful to be alive and well enough to embrace the important pleasures of living. She is committed to encouraging others as they face their personal blood cancer journeys, by offering short-term support to those currently in treatment for Leukemia, speaking at various educational and fundraising events, and writing for Canada’s Stem Cell Club.
Fifteen years ago Amy Cadman was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). She can still remember the words coming out of her doctor’s mouth... ‘You may have leukemia,’ in that moment she looked at her sister and just knew her life was about to change. Amy had experienced amazing care from her doctors and nurses at the Tom Baker Cancer center. She also had a good support system to help her through all her ups and downs with treatment. Now that she is a mother of two she reflects on the journey that she took years ago. “I now have more perspective on how incredibly fortunate I am to have my ‘bonus’ years. I want to help raise more awareness and funding to support developments in treatment so that someone else can maybe receive their own ‘bonus’ years.”
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