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Immunophenotyping

A process used to find specific types of cells within a blood sample. It looks at antigens or markers on the surface of the cell to identify antibodies.

Clinical trials

Careful studies done by doctors to test new drugs or treatments, or new uses for approved drugs or treatments. The goal of clinical trials for blood cancers is to improve treatment and quality of life and to find cures.

Bone Marrow Aspiration

A test to find abnormal marrow cells. The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a marrow sample (fluid) is drawn out. Usually this test is done at the same time as a bone marrow biopsy.

Bone Marrow Biopsy

A test to find abnormal marrow cells. The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a piece of bone containing marrow is withdrawn. Usually this test is done at the same time as a bone marrow aspiration.

Antibodies

A type of protein created by blood cells when they are invaded by bacteria, viruses, or other harmful things called "antigens." Antibodies help the body fight against invaders that make people get sick. Antibodies can also be made in the lab and are used to help find certain types of cancer and in treatment.

Sedimentation Rate

A blood test that measures how quickly red cells (erythrocytes) settle in a test tube in one hour. A sedimentation rate test is done to find out if inflammation is present in the body, to check on the progress of a disease or to see how well a treatment is working. This test is also called a "seed rate" or "erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)."

Pathologist

A doctor who finds disease by examining body tissue and fluids.

Contrast Dye

A substance used during certain types of imaging tests to help distinguish between different body tissues and to clarify test findings. It is usually injected into a vein or given by mouth before the test. Contrast dyes are also called "contrast agents."

Flow Cytometry

A test that finds specific cell types within a cell sample, During this test, cells flow through the instrument called a “flow cytometer.” When the cells pass through its laser beam, those with the antibody-specific features light up and can be counted. This test may be used to examine blood cells, marrow cells, or cells from a biopsy.

Lymphoma Patient Support Group

The Lymphoma Support Group meets once a month for a 90 minute session and it is an opportunity for lymphoma patients to meet and talk about the impact of the diagnosis. Area of discussion may include emotions and fears associated with cancer, disruption of one’s life and family, concerns for the future and how to cope with transplants and other treatment. Fred Ho from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada will be speaking about the free patient education and support resources the LL ...

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Calgary - Patient Information & Support Session

What: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada is offering a free Blood Cancer Patient Information & Support Session on cancer-related fatigue and exercise facilitated by professionals in a safe and private setting.

Who: The sessions are for patients, survivors and caregivers.

Why: The sessions are for learning about blood cancers and relevant topics as well as connecting with others who have a shared experience.

When: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Wellspri ...

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Oral Treatments for Chronic Leukemia: From Understanding to Support

Join us on April 21st 2021 for a virtual training for pharmacists. Jennifer Voisey, clinical pharmacist in the Adult Hematology/Oncology department of Eastern Health will present on the oral treatments available in chronic leukemia (myeloid and lymphoid).

The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy has accredited this program for 1.50 CEUs.

 

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Blood Cancers: Tools & Support for Treatment Through Survivorship

Location: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites London, 855 Wellington Road, London

Are you or someone you know a blood cancer patient or survivor? Join us for our patient education event aimed at providing tools and support from diagnosis through survivorship. Register for one or both of the sessions. Between the sessions, a light meal will be provided along with an overview of what the LLSC is doing in Southwestern Ontario.

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Session 1: Getting The Most Fro ...

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Supporting a loved one through end of life

Article originally published on September 18 in the Globe & Mail

Anthony Petrella, with his mom Carla and dad Phil, holds a photo of his brother Michael, who died in 2019 after two years of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Carla is holding the book-shaped urn that contains Michael’s remains.

In his final days, Michael Petrella’s bedroom – and then hospital room – had something of a revolving door. All his loved ones came by, on his insistence, to say go ...

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Glossary Results

Immunophenotyping

A process used to find specific types of cells within a blood sample. It looks at antigens or markers on the surface of the cell to identify antibodies.

Clinical trials

Careful studies done by doctors to test new drugs or treatments, or new uses for approved drugs or treatments. The goal of clinical trials for blood cancers is to improve treatment and quality of life and to find cures.

Bone Marrow Aspiration

A test to find abnormal marrow cells. The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a marrow sample (fluid) is drawn out. Usually this test is done at the same time as a bone marrow biopsy.

Bone Marrow Biopsy

A test to find abnormal marrow cells. The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a piece of bone containing marrow is withdrawn. Usually this test is done at the same time as a bone marrow aspiration.

Antibodies

A type of protein created by blood cells when they are invaded by bacteria, viruses, or other harmful things called "antigens." Antibodies help the body fight against invaders that make people get sick. Antibodies can also be made in the lab and are used to help find certain types of cancer and in treatment.

Sedimentation Rate

A blood test that measures how quickly red cells (erythrocytes) settle in a test tube in one hour. A sedimentation rate test is done to find out if inflammation is present in the body, to check on the progress of a disease or to see how well a treatment is working. This test is also called a "seed rate" or "erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)."

Pathologist

A doctor who finds disease by examining body tissue and fluids.

Contrast Dye

A substance used during certain types of imaging tests to help distinguish between different body tissues and to clarify test findings. It is usually injected into a vein or given by mouth before the test. Contrast dyes are also called "contrast agents."

Flow Cytometry

A test that finds specific cell types within a cell sample, During this test, cells flow through the instrument called a “flow cytometer.” When the cells pass through its laser beam, those with the antibody-specific features light up and can be counted. This test may be used to examine blood cells, marrow cells, or cells from a biopsy.