Being diagnosed with a blood cancer can make you feel like you are alone. The Bloodline with LLS is here to remind you that after a diagnosis comes hope. Listen in as experts and patients guide listeners in understanding diagnosis, treatment, and resources available to blood cancer patients. Join Alicia Patten and Lizette Rivera from the Patient Access Education Team at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as they explore various survivorship topics.
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The Value of a Second Opinion
One of the most important reasons to seek a second opinion is to protect yourself from misdiagnosis. Researchers have found that the rates of misdiagnosis and mistreatment are higher than you might suspect. Join Alicia and Lizette from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), as they speak with Dr. Pallawi Torka, Assistant Professor of Oncology and Co-Program Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Torka speaks about the importance of a second opinion, red flags that may indicate when a second opinion should be considered and how to approach this sometimes uncomfortable topic with your healthcare team.
“The Only Way Through It, Is Through It”: Tim Card’s Story
They say hindsight is always 20/20. Looking back, Tim Card remembers how his body may have been sending signals that something was wrong, but how he often attributed them to his active and busy lifestyle. Tim received his shocking lymphoma diagnosis after logging onto his medical portal, while awaiting test results. Tim is Penn State Cancer Institute’s first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) t-cell therapy recipient, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma survivor and a father of 7. On this episode, Tim describes how he was diagnosed, when CAR T-cell therapy was introduced as a treatment option, side effects he experienced after CAR T-cell therapy, the importance of caregivers, and how humor helped him during the most challenging time of his life.
Support for this episode provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb; Kite, A Gilead Company; and Novartis.
Monica Answers YOUR Questions About Cancer and the Law
Did you know that if somebody is eligible for Medicaid and also eligible for COBRA coverage, some states may actually pay their private COBRA premium? Learn about this and more as Alicia and Lizette chat with Monica Bryant and ask her questions that many of you have asked! Monica is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Triage Cancer, a national non-profit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials and resources. Topics on this episode include: the difference between Medicare and Medicaid, Medigap plans, laws surrounding debt collectors, understanding deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums, COBRA, employment rights, appealing a denial notice from a health insurance company and more.
Support for The Bloodline with LLS provided by Amgen; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Jazz Pharmaceuticals; Kite, A Gilead Company; Novartis; Pharmacyclics, an AbbVie company and Janssen Biotech; Seattle Genetics and Takeda Oncology.
*The information contained in this podcast is for general information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. It is not intended to substitute the advice of your healthcare provider or information provided to you by your insurance carrier.
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