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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 The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a piece of bone containing marrow is withdrawn.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.

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Understanding Blood Cancers

An Educational Session for Patients and Families

 

When: Thursday, February 28th, 2019 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Who: For patients, family members, friends and survivors.
Location: Ramada Regina Plaza 1818 Victoria Ave
Cost: FREE! Refreshments will be provided.
Register: Register by February 26th

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Splenectomy

People who have myelofibrosis sometimes have an enlarged spleen. Your spleen can be surgically removed if it's very large and causes a very low platelet count, severe anemia or portal hypertension.

Your doctor carefully weighs the benefits versus the risks of a splenectomy before deciding whether to remove your spleen. You'll need to be evaluated before undergoing surgery and monitored after surgery for an increased risk of bleeding complications.

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Blood Transfusions

Periodic blood transfusions can relieve symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath for some MDS patients. No other treatment may be needed.

You may be a candidate for red cell or platelet transfusions depending on certain factors, including:

The level of hemoglobin in your blood
The extent of your symptoms
Your overall health and whether you have any conditions such as heart disease

 
Iron Overload

Red cells contain iron. If you undergo regular transfusions ...

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Journey of Hope

The LLSC invites you to join us for an evening of hope, learning, and support.

Several leading healthcare professionals will discuss blood cancer, treatments, research studies, and latest developments in the field. 

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Journey of Hope

Please join us at Journey of Hope for an evening of celebration, learning and support highlighting research and treatment advances involving The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).

Lawrence Mayer, PhD, President of Celator Pharmaceuticals, and Andrew Weng MD, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Terry Fox Lab, BC Cancer Agency will speak about their research efforts.

We will also have the pleasure of introducing LLSC President Shelagh Tippet-Fagyas and other special guests.

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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.