Free Publications

Search for find support returned 67 results

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 The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a piece of bone containing marrow is withdrawn.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

Calgary Patient Information & Support Session: Dr. Mona Shafey

The Leukemia & 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. November 12th's Patient Information & Support Session will be about State-of-the-art Therapeutics in Hematological Malignancies with speaker Dr. Mona Shafey.

Read more

Blood Cancer Education & Support Evening

Please join us at the Vancouver office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada as we host the Blood Cancer Education & Support Evenings for all those living with a blood cancer diagnosis.

Many members of our community have benefited from the formal and informal education these monthly evenings have offered. We welcome all those living with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, Waldenström Macroglobulinemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative neoplasms and related diso ...

Read more

Calgary Patient Information & Support Sessions: 2019-2020

The Calgary 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.

Our community suppo ...

  • Photo
  • PDF
Read more

Patient Information & Support Sessions

What: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada offers free Blood Cancer Patient Information & Support Sessions 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: The sessions are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Where ...

  • Photo
Read more

Supportive Care

You may receive supportive care to prevent or treat myeloma symptoms and therapy side effects. It's used for conditions such as:

Treating Anemia. In some patients with severe anemia due to the effects of chemotherapy, the administration of an engineered form of the red cell growth factor erythropoietin (EPO) may alleviate the anemia or decrease the need for blood transfusions. However, some studies suggest that correcting anemia too vigorously may increase the risk for blood clots. Al ...

  • Photo
Read more

Pages

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.