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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 The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a piece of bone containing marrow is withdrawn.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: Nutrition and Brain Health - Dr. Bonnie Kaplan

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. April 9th's Patient Information & Support Session will be Nutrition and Brain Health presented by Dr. Bonnie Kaplan. 

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Prairies Virtual Blood Cancer Support Group

Find support from the comfort of your living room by connecting with others who are facing challenges with a blood cancer. Meet other people in a similar situation and share experiences and coping methods. If you are interested in learning more about our professionally facilitated support group, or to register for the group, please click below.  

 
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Calgary Virtual Blood Cancer Support Group

Find support from the comfort of your living room by connecting with others who are facing challenges with a blood cancer. Meet other people in a similar situation and share experiences and coping methods. If you are interested in learning more about our professionally facilitated support group, or to register for the group, please click below.  

 
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Blood Cancer Education & Support Meetings

Meet others who understand life with a blood cancer diagnosisPatients and their care partners often say that they feel alone in their diagnosis and would like to meet others who have a similar diagnosis. These monthly education and support meetings offer formal or informal education followed by small group discussion. Open to patients and supporters who are affected by myeloma, lymphoma, leukemia, Waldenström Macroglobulinemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative neoplasms ...

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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.