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How a stem-cell transplant turned into a lifelong friendship

In 2006, Stephen Smith was a 26-year-old U.S. Air Force pilot stationed in California, when a colleague told him about a loved one who had been recently diagnosed with lymphoma. The fellow soldier was encouraging colleagues to sign up for the U.S. Department of Defenceʼs “Salute to Life” bone-marrow donor registry. So Smith, whose real name has been changed for security reasons, swabbed his cheek, popped it i...

When caregiving for a loved one can turn to burnout

Many Canadians who are caring for a sick or aging loved one can experience caregiver burnout, which occurs when the demands of the role result in the caregiver feeling physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. In June of 2018, Natasha Orlando’s world was flipped upside down when her youngest sister, Sarah, 31, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkinʼs lymphoma, a blood cancer that affects more than 36,000 Canadian...

The next frontier for blood cancers research

Blood cancer treatments have come a long way since the 1950s and scientific advancements continue because of research funded by organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. From next-generation gene sequencing to the study of biomarkers that affect brain development, innovative research continues to advance the understanding of blood cancers and open the door to novel therapies for these cance...

Why some people choose not to tell family, friends they have a blood cancer

While people with chronic blood cancers can appear healthy, comments such as ‘You look great!’ can be unhelpful and dissuade them from disclosing their disease with others. Only a few people in Stacy’s life know about and fully understand her diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Her husband, co-workers, a few close friends and her extended family members know she has this chronic form of blood cancer...