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 The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a piece of bone containing marrow is withdrawn.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

Nova Scotia Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Support Group

The next meeting of the Nova Scotia Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia support group will be held in the sixth floor common room at 40 Regency Park Drive in Clayton Park, NS.

Date: Sunday June 19  Time: noon - 3 pm.

Complimentary lunch will be followed by a report on the recent IWMF Educational Forum in Providence, RI, and an opportunity to share information about our cancer journeys. WM survivors and caregivers welcome.

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Peer support program update

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada ramps up virtual support services and its peer support program to meet demand and lessen fear and anxiety for people affected by a blood cancer 

Toronto, Ontario (September 1, 2021) – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) – the single largest health agency dedicated to all blood cancers and a major funder of blood cancer research in the country – kicks off Blood Cancer Awareness Month today t ...

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Blood Cancer Education and Support Meeting

Supporting patients pre and post bone marrow transplant

Presenter: Kristina Miller

Supporting patients pre and post bone marrow transplant 

Presenter:  Kristina Miller

Learn about the critical role played by the Social Worker in supporting recipients of a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) while they manage challenges that include isolation and stress in their lives both pre and post transplantation. This session will be of interest to a wide audience and to t ...

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Edmonton Patient Information & Support Sessions 2019-2020

The Edmonton information and support sessions for March 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 support t ...

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Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada Patient Support Meeting

This event is an Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada (AAMAC) patient support meeting. Fred Ho from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be speaking about the free patient education and support resources the LLSC offers. The event is open to all individuals, families and caregivers who may have been touched by aplastic anemia & myelodysplasia or are interested in learning more.

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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.