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 The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a piece of bone containing marrow is withdrawn.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

Patient Information & Support Session: Family Dynamics

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada offers free Blood Cancer Patient Information & Support Sessions facilitated by professionals in a safe and private setting. The sessions are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00-8:30pm at Wellspring Calgary Carma House. April 10th's Patient Information & Support Session topic will be Family Dynamics. Hope to see you there! Register below. 

 

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Patient Information & Support Session: Videos On Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada offers free Blood Cancer Patient Information & Support Sessions facilitated by professionals in a safe and private setting. The sessions are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00-8:30pm at Wellspring Calgary Carma House. At the March 13th session, we will be watching educational videos on blood cancers and coping with cancer-related fatigue and stress as well as discussing coping strategies. Hope to see you th ...

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Cancelled - Calgary Information & Support Session - NUTRITION FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS

The Calgary Blood Cancer Information and Support Sessions for April and May are cancelled.
 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is closely monitoring the developments on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it might impact Canadians affected by blood cancers. The safety of our community remains our top priority.

For more information, our public statement on COVID-19 is live in English and French and will be updated as needed.

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Patient Information & Support Session: Nutrition with Jeannette Castillo

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada offers free Blood Cancer Patient Information & Support Sessions facilitated by professionals in a safe and private setting. The sessions are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00-8:30pm at Wellspring Calgary Carma House. May 8th's Patient Information & Support Session topic will be Nutrition with guest speaker Jeannette Castillo of JCJNutrition. Jeannette has been involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma ...

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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.