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Lunch & Learn

Recent Lunch & Learn Events

Adult and Pediatric Blood Cancer Updates and Advances

This month, as we recognize Pediatric Cancer and Blood Cancer Awareness Month, this call-in educational support program will focus
on updates and innovative treatments as they relate to blood cancer diagnoses in adults and children. Dr. Maria Luisa Sulis is an oncologist
specializing in lymphomas and leukemias at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who will share her expertise. As well, a parent to a
pediatric patient will share his/her experience, best tips and coping skills. The nbmtLINK’s licensed staff social worker, Jennifer Gillette
will facilitate the program. There will also be plenty of time for live questions.

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Cancer Survivor’s Guilt, Negative Feelings and Despair Addressed

This month’s telephone educational and support program will focuson survivor’s guilt, the anxiety you may feel when a peer passes
away as well as how to handle well-intended positivity if you are experiencing negative feelings and despair. Shirley Otis-Green, MSW,
MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-CE, FNAP, FAOSW of Collaborative Caring will break it down for us. Two time bone marrow transplant recipient and
survivor Bridget Casey will share her personal experience and some valuable lessons learned along the way. The nbmtLINK’s licensed staff
social worker, Jennifer Gillette, will facilitate the program. There will also be plenty of time for live questions.

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GVHD and Steroids: Let’s Explore the Love/ Hate and Other Options

This month’s telephone educational and support program will focus on the love/hate of steroids as they relate to chronic GVHD. Dr. Masumi Ueda Oshima, Assistant Professor and Assistant Medical Director for the Inpatient Adult BMT Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington will break it down for us and share her expertise. Sharde Fultz, a chronic GVHD survivor, will share her personal experience including details about how she has managed steroid use and GVHD through the years. The nbmtLINK’s licensed staff social worker, Jennifer Gillette, will facilitate the program. There will also be plenty of time for live questions.

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Everything You Need to Know About CAR T-Cell Therapy

This month’s telephone educational and support program will focus on all things CAR T-cell Therapy. Dr. Lawrence E. Morris is a board certified oncologist at both the Northside Hospital Leukemia Program and Northside Hospital Inpatient BMT Unit, and the Apheresis Collection Facility Co-Director of Atlanta Blood Services. Dr. Morris will break it down for us and share his expertise. CAR T-cell patient, Ray Gillespie, an NHL survivor, now in full remission will share his personal experience including details about his life-saving clinical trial. The nbmtLINK’s licensed staff social worker, Jennifer Gillette, will facilitate the program. There will also be plenty of time for live questions.

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How the Reconstitution of the Immune System After Transplantation Influences Outcomes

Jaap Jan Boelens, MD, PhD, Chief, Stem Cell Transplantation, MSKCC and Cellular Therapies and Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University will break it down for us and help transplant patients learn about factors that influence the immunological situation post-transplant that will result in the best possible outcomes. As well, a young patient’s parent/caregiver will share their personal experience and best tips. The nbmtLINK’s licensed staff social worker, Jennifer Gillette, will facilitate the program. There will also be plenty of time for live questions.

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Recent Lunch & Learn Events

June 16, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About CAR T-Cell Therapy

This month’s telephone educational and support program will focus on all things CAR T-cell Therapy. Dr. Lawrence E. Morris is a board certified oncologist at both the Northside Hospital Leukemia Program and Northside Hospital Inpatient BMT Unit, and the Apheresis Collection Facility Co-Director of Atlanta Blood Services. Dr. Morris will
break it down for us and share his expertise. CAR T-cell patient, Ray Gillespie, an NHL survivor, now in full remission will share his personal experience including details about his life-saving clinical trial. The nbmtLINK’s licensed staff social worker, Jennifer Gillette, will facilitate the program. There will also be plenty of time for live questions.

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May 19, 2021

How the Reconstitution of the Immune System After Transplantation Influences Outcomes

Jaap Jan Boelens, MD, PhD, Chief, Stem Cell Transplantation, MSKCC and Cellular Therapies and Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University will break it down for us and help transplant patients learn about factors that influence the immunological situation post-transplant that will result in the best possible outcomes. As well, a young patient’s parent/caregiver will share their personal experience and best tips. The nbmtLINK’s licensed staff social worker, Jennifer Gillette, will facilitate the program. There will also be plenty of time for live questions.

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April 21, 2021

Ocular GVHD: Expert Tips and Treatments Discussed

Sandeep Jain, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, and the Director of the UIC Dry Eye & Ocular GVHD clinic at the Univ. of Chicago will share treatment options including a step-down approach sure to bring relief and improve quality of life. As well, Marilyn Wroblewski, a patient, will share her personal experience and best tips.

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March 24, 2021

Updates and Inspiration Regarding Multiple Myeloma

Featuring Sherilyn A. Tuazon, MD, MS of Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance & Todd Brown,
a two-time stem cell transplant recipient with multiple
myeloma.

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February 17, 2021

Let’s Get Real About Caregiving

Featuring Jennifer Gillette, our licensed staff social worker, and Jim Bulger, a spouse and caregiver to his wife Nancy.

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January 27, 2021

Mindfulness in the New Year

Featuring Ailey Armstrong, Oncology Social Worker, MSW, LICSW at SCCA and Tracy Jolly, BMT Survivor & AML Survivor

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December 2, 2020

Best Tips to Combat Fatigue

Featuring Stacey Prieur RN and Jennifer Gillette

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October 21, 2020

Humor Therapy

Featuring Richard Satterwhite and John Costin.

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September 16, 2020

Pediatric Blood Cancer Initiatives

Featuring Dr. Gwen Nichols, MD; Dr. Kevin Curran, MD; and Michelle Marks, mother of a childhood cancer survivor.

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July 22, 2020

All Things GVHD

Featuring Dr. Annie Im, MD, asst. professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Meredith Cowden, a survivor/advocate/clinical counselor with chronic GVHD.

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June 17, 2020

Living and Thriving with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Featuring Dr. Harry P. Erba, MD, PhD of Duke University Medical Center and his patient Debbie Beavers, in remission.

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May 20, 2020

Managing Oral Health Issues Before, During and After a Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant with a Focus on GVHD

Featuring Jacqueline W. Mays, DDS, MHSc, PhD, Chief, Oral Immunobiology Unit, National Institutes of Health and Cathy Spence, a patient.

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May 7, 2020

Moving Forward: How to Live, Thrive and Stay Safe with COVID-19

Featuring Dr. Laura Connelly-Smith, Associate Professor of Medicine and the Assistant Medical Director of Apheresis and Cellular Therapy at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, who will share her expertise and wisdom. Jennifer Gillette, our LINK licensed staff social worker.

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April 15, 2020

Anxiety and Despair Addressed – I’m Always Worried My Cancer Will Come Back

Dawn Speckhart, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist at the Bone Marrow Transplant/Leukemia Program at Northside Hospital  and Juanita McReynolds, a long-time survivor.

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April 2, 2020

COVID-19: Guidelines and Coping Strategies for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Patients & their Loved Ones During the Pandemic

Featuring Christina Ferraro, MSN, APRN-CNP, BMTCN, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Cleveland Clinic and Jennifer Gillette, our LINK licensed staff social worker.

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March 18, 2020

How Do I Prepare and Make the Most of My Medical Appointments?

Featuring Costa Herbert, Transplant Nurse at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Patient Barbara Ginsberg

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February 15, 2020

Reproductive Health and Fertility Options Before and After a Cancer Diagnosis

Featuring Kristin N. Smith, Program Manager for Fertility Preservation at Northwestern Medicine

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January 15, 2020

Post-Transplant Nutrition: Eating Well for Life

Featuring Peter Adintori, MS, RD of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and survivor Lew Christie

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December 4, 2019

Cancer Fatigue and Getting Through the Holidays

Featuring Christina Ferraro, MSN,CNP, BMTCN, of the Cleveland Clinic Blood & Marrow Transplant Program and survivor Spin Tucker

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October 21, 2019

Mindfulness Matters

Featuring Genne Geraghty, PA, Ascension Providence in Michigan and survivor, Peter Thomason

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September 18, 2019

Blood Cancers and CAR T-Cell Therapy, A Discussion with Dr. Sergio Giralt

Featuring: Dr. Sergio Giralt, Chief, Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and patient Jacelyn Herman

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August 21, 2019

The Unique Needs of Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Patients

Featuring: Dr. James Connelly of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and patient Sharde Fultz

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Lunch & Learn – July 17, 2019

Improving the Quality of Life and Care for Patients Living with Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease (cGVHD).

This presentation will focus on the unmet needs, barriers and supportive care for patients with cGVHD. It will include information on palliative care This will be presented by Areej El-Jawahri, MD, Assist. Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Survivorship Program. Additionally, Barbara Ginsberg will share her wisdom as a patient with cGVHD.

Lunch & Learn – June 19, 2019

The Use of Light Intervention to Reduce Fatigue and Depression in Individuals Undergoing Cancer Treatment or in Survivorship

This month’s speakers are William H. Redd, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Katherine N. DuHamel, Ph.D., Attending Psychologist,Director, MSK Psycho-oncology Education & Training Institute, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Psychiatry Service & Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, Department of Psychiatry.

Lunch & Learn – May 15, 2019

The Power and Support of an Online Community During the Bone Marrow Transplant Journey

Our professional speaker is Shona Lovie, MPH, Online Community Engagement Manager of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Our patient speaker is Jack Aiello, a multiple myeloma survivor who has had endured several transplants over the decades.

Lunch & Learn – April 17, 2019

Emotional challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis and a bone marrow transplant journey

Licensed clinical social worker, Shirley Otis-Green, is the speaker. Additionally, Rhonda Kokot, an Acute Myeloid Leukemia survivor, will share her personal story. The nbmtLINK’s licensed social worker, Jennifer Gillette, LMSW, will facilitate the program.

Lunch & Learn – March 20, 2019

A better understanding of the role played by bone marrow/stem cell transplant and minimal residual disease in treating multiple myeloma.

The call featured Dr. Stephanie Williams, Division Chief, Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Spectrum Health Cancer Center along with Multiple Myeloma Journey Partner and survivor Barbara Hanson.

Lunch & Learn – February 20,2019

Caregiving

Our professional speaker, Dr. Michelle Bishop, a licensed clinical health psychologist helps patients and families manage the psychosocial aspects of cancer with a unique expertise in caregiving. Additionally, Marcella Costin, a loving caregiver to her husband John will share her personal experience.

Lunch & Learn – January 16, 2019

Importance of nutrition in survivor wellness

Heather Ann Younker, RDN, a transplant dietician from the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Program, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center presented on this topic. David Weinstein, a transplant survivor shared his personal experience on how diet affected his recovery.

Lunch & Learn – December 5, 2018

Managing the Stress of the Holidays

Featured speaker was Dawn Speckhart, Ph.D., Clinical Health Psychologist, Bone Marrow Transplant/Leukemia Program Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital.

Lunch & Learn – October 17, 2018

Local and National Resources for all!

Our staff social worker, Jennifer Gillette presented on the vast amount of resources. Also included a  presentation by a caregiver with healthy tips to guide those undergoing the transplant experience. Click here for a powerpoint presentation Helpful for all—patients, caregivers and health care professionals.

Lunch & Learn – September 19, 2018

Blood Cancers & The Role of a Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant

This one hour audio program, featured Dr. Sergio Giralt of MSKCC.

Lunch & Learn – August 15, 2018

Cancer & Careers

This one hour audio program focuses on cancer & careers. Here is the outline as well to use to follow along.