PATIENT SUPPORT IS CRITICAL TO BETTER OUTCOMES FOR BLOOD CANCER PATIENTS

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Free, personalized support from The Leukemia & Lymphoma connects patients with resources, clinical trials, financial assistance and more

 

Approximately every 3 minutes one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer – with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma as the most diagnosed types. And having blood cancer now is tougher than ever. When faced with the unexpected news of a cancer diagnosis, many become paralyzed by fear and distressed by the enormity of decisions that need to be made, especially now as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of cancer care and daily life as we know it.

 

In addition to the pandemic, the rapid emergence of breakthrough discoveries in cancer treatments has amplified the need for patient access to accurate, up-to-date information, education and support to help navigate these complex diseases, treatment options, including clinical trials and financial assistance.

 

Every day, Information Specialists at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) hear from blood cancer patients with concerns and questions about their diagnosis, seeking support and guidance about issues such as treatment options and costs, coping with the emotional and psychological impact of a blood cancer diagnosis, the impact of COVID-19 on care and treatment, how to safely connect with others who have experienced blood cancer and much more.

 

As the leading source of free information and support for blood cancer patients, families, caregivers and healthcare professionals, LLS’s Information Specialists are highly trained, oncology professionals, who spend hours providing critical one-on-one support throughout the blood cancer journey into survivorship.

 

And while patients can turn to LLS at any stage of their blood cancer journey, it’s critical for LLS to connect with newly-diagnosed patients and those in underserved communities to help ensure better outcomes for their diagnoses.

 

Nikki Yuill, LCSW, Director of the Information Resource Center at LLS, is available on Tuesday, January 12 from 7:30am – 12:30pm ET to talk about how LLS’s supports blood cancer patients when they need it the most, including the unique challenges they face due to their diagnosis and the COVID-19 pandemic