Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Canada Webcast – Immunotherapy Research

Dr Denis Claude-Roy MD FRCP(C)
February 9, 2018 (French)
February 16, 2018 (English)

Touted as a new frontier in oncology, immunotherapy is the latest option in cancer treatment. Be part of an exclusive event to understand the science behind immunotherapy from esteemed Professor of Medicine from Université de Montréal, Dr. Denis Claude Roy.

Ontario Auditor General: Cancer Patients in Ontario Face Delays and Safety Issues Related to Take-Home Cancer Treatments

December 2017

In its Annual Report released today, the Auditor General of Ontario found cancer patients who need take-home cancer treatments are facing administrative delays in starting treatments and safety issues.

Specifically, the Value-for-Money Audit of Cancer Treatment Services found patients are getting inadequate support for the proper and safe use of take-home drugs. When patients don’t have sufficient safety information and there is a lack of pharmacist experience dispensing cancer drugs, it can lead to dispensing errors, a lack of toxicity management or safe handling, inaccurate advice and insufficient information or follow-up regarding side-effects.

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Auditor General Report Finds Cancer Patients in Ontario Face Delays and Safety Issues

CLL Support Group of Montreal

Friday, January 26, 2018 – 1:30 to 3:00 pm

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Shingrix: New Shingles Vaccine

December 2017

CLL patients and other immune-compromised patients have an increased risk of developing shingles. Health Canada recently approved Shingrix, a shingles vaccine for people ages 50 and older with normal immune systems. In trials, the vaccine was effective in preventing shingles in >90% of patients. The vaccine is given in two doses by intramuscular injection. The vaccine’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmith Kline reported on Dec 6, 2017 that new data from a Phase III clinical study supports the safety and efficacy of Shingrix (Zoster Vaccine Recombinant, Adjuvanted) in preventing shingles (herpes zoster) when given to adults 18 years and above shortly after undergoing autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant (auHSCT).

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Rewrite Cancer Challenge

The Rewrite Cancer Challenge is looking for patient stories to inspire and create change. For more information https://www.rewritecancer.ca


These organizations produce webinars on the latest CLL and related cancer issues.


September 2017

WANTED: Patients and family members to help design a clinical study of a new treatment for blood cancers.

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A Nice Story: Why a Cancer Survivor’s Wife Designed a Low-Cost Prosthetic Bra and Gives it out for Free

March 6th, 2017

It was April 2011, when Arun, a 41 year old chartered accountant, caught some infection and fever, the doctor asked him to do a routine blood test. During the check-up, Arun was diagnosed with Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The term “chronic” in chronic lymphocytic leukemia comes from the fact that it typically progresses more slowly than other types of leukemia.

India Story “The doctors assured us that Arun doesn’t need any treatment right now as this was a very slow-growing cancer and there was not much we could do about it at this stage. We still went to every possible hospital in Faridabad and Delhi. We took second opinions from Tata memorial hospital, Mumbai and even from the U.S. But every doctor gave us the same opinion,” says Kavita.

Arun was kept under observation and had to go for routine blood tests and ultra sounds. The couple knew that there would be a time when these cancer cells would bother Arun’s body, but were assured that the time was far.

In October 2015, Arun was told to start with chemotherapy. But right after the first chemo, Arun went through the Richter’s transformation.

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B.C. Cancer Agency Looking for Volunteers

The Lymphoid Cancer Families study is currently recruiting families with multiple cases of lymphoid cancer (including CLL/SLL, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma) to participate in the study. For more information, please contact studycoordinator@bcgsc.ca or 604-675-8172.

Lymphoid Cancer Families

Venclexta, (venetoclax) approved by Health Canada for special use

October 5, 2016

This is approved but not funded by the provinces … please talk to your physician.

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New Treatment Perspectives in CLL: Using Disease and Patient Characteristics to Optimize Outcomes

October 2015

A recent Canadian perspective…

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FORwaRds – Academics from around the world meet to discuss Fear of Cancer Recurrence

August 2015

A key feature of CLL is that it reoccurs and the timing can be unpredictable. We go to our regular blood tests wondering if the results will show that the cancer is returning. Living with that fear is part of living with CLL. A group of academics from around the world met in Ottawa to this past summer to discuss the fear of cancer recurrence (FCR). Their broad aim is to raise awareness of FCR and promote activities, which improve the identification and treatment of high levels of FCR amongst cancer patients. They formed an ongoing group called Fear of Recurrence Special Interest Group (FORwaRdS). FORwaRds is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers and patient representatives with a special interest in fear of cancer recurrence (FCR).

They are stimulating and disseminating research, creating opportunities for education and networking on FCR. Peter Dorfman, Vice-Chair of CLLPAG was one of two patients chosen to participate in the Ottawa meeting to share what it is like to live with a cancer that always comes back.