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Lunch & Learn

The Emotional and Psychosocial Needs of Transplant Patients

Upcoming Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Noon to 1 pm EST

This month’s call in program will focus on the many emotional needs of cancer survivors—how to ask for help, including therapy and support from friends and family. Hailey Hassel, is a Senior BMT Social Worker at Be The Match who will share how integral this support is to your survivorship and quality of life. Additionally, Kate Arnold, a survivor will share her personal experiences and reinforce the importance of getting the help you need to thrive. Jennifer Gillette, our licensed staff social worker will host this call. There will be plenty of time for live questions.

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GVHD and the Liver

This month’s call in program will address liver graft-versus-host disease. Dr. Theo Heller and Dr. Alexander Yang, hepatologists of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will discuss liver dysfunction after hematopoietic stem cell transplant with a focus on the importance and difficulty of diagnosing liver GVHD. Angie Kuhlman, acute myeloid leukemia and liver GVHD survivor will share how she coped and what she found helpful on her journey. Jennifer Gillette, our license staff social worker will host this call.

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All Things Financial Regarding the Cancer Journey

This month’s call in program will address financial toxicity, understanding your medical bills and explanation of benefits, addressing insurance denials, reviewing financial bills for accuracy and more. Nicole Jolicoeur, Staff Attorney for Triage Cancer will help us all break it all down and feel more empowered to reduce stress and avoid financial toxicity. Additionally, Tina Masters Odum, a caregiver to her husband, will share what she has learned along the way—practical experiences sure to help listeners navigate the financial journey. Jennifer Gillette, our licensed staff social worker will host this call. There will be plenty of time for live questions.

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The Who, What, When and Why Regarding CAR T-Cell Therapy

This month’s telephone educational and support program will focus on the latest and greatest updates regarding CAR T-cell therapy. Dr. David G. Maloney, MD, PhD, Professor, Clinical Research Division, Medical Director, Cellular Immunotherapy at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, will share which disease states are using CAR-T cell therapy, what is evolving and the latest approvals for this life-saving treatment. Kristin Kleinhofer, a leukemia survivor, will share her personal experience and details regarding her success with a CAR-T cell 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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Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease and How It Affects the Lungs

This month’s call in program will address cGHVD of the lungs. Dr. Carrie Kitko, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center will enlighten us on the challenges of diagnosing chronic lung GVHD, the potential novel treatments available and how these newer agents may be able to go beyond stabilization of the disease by targeting fibrosis, the main culprit. Additionally, Whitney Davis will share her experience with lung GVHD and the relief she is experiencing firsthand. Jennifer Gillette, our licensed staff social worker will host this call. There will be plenty of time for live questions.

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Multiple Myeloma Updates

This month’s call in program will feature Dr. Clifton Mo, Physician and Director of Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation for Multiple Myeloma at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center. Dr. Mo’s clinical interests include novel therapeutics, cellular therapy, innate immunity, and
tumor microenvironment. Dr. Mo will share his expertise, sure to offer hope and more options to those diagnosed
with MM. Additionally, a patient voice will follow offering insight and coping strategies. Jennifer Gillette, our licensed
staff social worker will host this call. There will be plenty of time for live questions.

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Caregiving and How It Affects the Entire Family

This month’s call in program will address how cancer affects the entire family unit. It will address emotional needs of the “secondary survivors”, both the children and siblings of cancer patients. Dr. Matt De Young, a dad of nine will share how his family supported daughter Lola and how they acknowledged and managed her illness while trying to support and parent the rest of the family. Laura Weinger Housley, an adult survivor will also share how she and her husband parented their children through her cancer journey. This program is a must listen for anyone trying to navigate this challenging part of the diagnosis.

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Good Nutrition in the New Year

This month’s call in program will focus on focus on nutrition—what to eat, what to skip, relevant information on guidelines and more. Amy Carion, Registered Dietician, Henry Ford Cancer Institute-Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program will share her expertise. Amy is passionate about chronic disease prevention, living a healthy, active lifestyle and sports nutrition. Rhonda Kokot, a long-time survivor will also let us know what she does to stay on track, offering best tips and practices. JenniferGillette, our licensed staff social worker will host this call. There will be plenty of time for live questions.

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Let’s End the Year with Strategies for Less Stress and More Peace

This month’s call in program will focus on helping cancer survivors better handle family and holiday stressors. Katy LaLone,
MD, Psychiatrist at the Seidman Cancer Center, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University will share her
expertise and provide tips to help ensure a more peaceful and joyful holiday season. As well, Diane Raab, a recent stem cell
transplant recipient, will talk about where she was just a year ago, newly diagnosed and how she is today. We’ll cover immunity
concerns as we return indoors, often with both vaccinated and non-vaccinated loved ones. As well, Jennifer Gillette, our
licensed staff social worker will host this call. There will be plenty of time for live questions.

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COVID Vaccine and Booster Updates

This month’s call in program will help cancer survivors and their families better understand the COVID vaccine and important need for booster shots (and influenza shots) with the holidays soon upon us. Dr. Laura Connelly-Smith of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will share her professional expertise and answer all your relevant questions and concerns. Jan Selvar, a thriving breast cancer and AML survivor, will share her story and encouraging thoughts on the vaccine. As well, Jennifer Gillette, our licensed staff social worker will host this call. There will be plenty of time for live questions.

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Donor Dad Shares AML Clinical Trial Success Story

This month’s telephone educational and support program will highlight the story of a donor dad who stopped at nothing to save
his daughter, Kenza, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at just nine months old. Dr. Omar Durani of Dallas, Texas will talk
about Kenza’s life-saving clinical trial five years ago, his family today, the need to spread the word to create much needed awareness
through DKMS, and his incredible haplo donor experience. Leah Szumita, MS, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC, Director, Clinical Trials Support
Center of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will join Dr. Durani and further emphasize the importance of clinical trials and how to better
understand and navigate them. 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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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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