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Webinars

The information in these webinars should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult with your health care provider regarding your medical decisions and treatment. The listed resources are not intended to be endorsements.

January 27, 2022

Improving the Quality of Life for Patients with GVHD Through Occupational Therapy, Good Nutrition and Psychosocial Strategies
 

Leora Ellen Comis, a senior staff occupational therapist in the Occupational Therapy section of the NIH Clinical Center will lead this webinar with an important focus on OT interventions that can improve the quality of life for GVHD patients. Sarah Henke, Clinical Research Dietitian of the NIH Clinical Center will review key nutrition factors that are important in GVHD and transplant patients. Jennifer Gillette, LMSW, of the nbmtLINK, will host our program and present on the emotional toll of GVHD, advice to better handle it and best tips from patients dealing with GVHD as a part of her presentation. 

OCTOBER 27, 2021

Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease Webinar: Let’s Learn from the Experts
 

Connie A. Sizemore, Pharm.D., Lead Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Transplant, Leukemia and Cellular Therapy Program at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute will lead the discussion covering the increase of allogeneic transplants, the grading of cGVHD, growing risk factors, how the skin, eyes and lungs are affected and treatment options.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021

Bone Marrow/Stem Cell/Car T Transplant Clinical Trials Explained and Examined: Why It’s Important to Consider Them
 

Dr. Asif Alavi, Assistant Professor, Clinical, Hematology-Oncology, of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center will share his professional expertise on clinical trials and why they are so important. Abbey Fueger, BA, BSN, RN is a Clinical Trial Nurse Navigator with the Clinical Trial Support Center of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will help us better navigate clinical trials. This webinar will be facilitated by Jennifer Gillette, our licensed staff social worker. Additionally, Mike Ansley and Ray Gillespie, both survivors, will share their incredible personal life-saving experiences with multiple clinical trials, including cGVHD trials (Imbruvica and Rockstar) will be discussed.

OCTOBER 20, 2020

Survivorship Issues Following a Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Including Changes Due to COVID-19
 

This webinar will tackle it all—fatigue, GVHD, chemo brain, depression, stress, anxiety, sleep issues, mood disorders, PTSD, mindfulness, nutrition, advocating for yourself and more. We’ll cover how COVID-19 has affected cancer care. Bone marrow/stem cell transplant survivorship clinics across the nation have worked hard to keep you safe. Our top notch speakers will guide you on how to continue to thrive during a pandemic. We’ll also hear from a survivor who is now one-year post-transplant. This webinar will be led by Jennifer Gillette, our licensed staff social worker.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

How Microbiome and Diet Affect Your GVHD
 

The intestinal microbiota plays an important role in the pathophysiology of a variety of diseases. Studies in mouse and man from the 1970s have indicated that changes in the gut flora are associated with overall outcome after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT), including overall survival, graft-versus-host disease, engraftment and infection. These changes are due to decreased or altered diet, conditioning regimens, antibiotics and other drugs. Dr. van den Brink will give practical advice and a serving of hope to so many suffering with GVHD. Peter Adintori, the Clinical Research Dietitian in Dr. van den Brink’s lab, will offer additional practical nutrition tips to support patients during their journey with GVHD. As well, our licensed staff social worker, Jennifer Gillette will offer comfort and guidance to all regarding the emotional havoc GVHD can sometimes bring.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

Transforming Sickle Cell Disease Care Through Transplantation and Other Options
 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, in partnership with the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLINK) hosted a free webinar on sickle cell disease transplantation options. Leading researchers Drs. John Tisdale and Courtney Fitzhugh discussed haploidentical and allogeneic transplant efforts to offer curative therapies for patients with sickle cell disease. They were joined by one of their very own patient success stories.

OCTOBER 29, 2019

Addressing the Many Physical and Emotional Issues Following a Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant
 

This webinar addresses the many issues that relate to survivorship including risks, treatments, bone health, cGVHD, steroids, secondary cancer, PTSD, meditation, mindfulness, healthy habits post-transplant and much more.

OCTOBER 17, 2019

Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease (cGHVD) Webinar Updated Treatment Updates, Tips for Survival, and Support
 

This webinar is to help you and your loved ones better understand the complexities of Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease (cGVHD) as it relates to a bone marrow/stem cell transplant journey.

OCTOBER 9, 2018

Navigating Finances Before, During and After Transplant
 

Presenter: Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq., COO, Triage Cancer

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease Education and Support Webinar
 

Presenters: Dr. Annie Im, Lew Christie, Survivor and Jennifer Gillette, LMSW

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Transplant Treatment Journey and Information on Clinical Trials
 

Presenter: Jennifer Gillette, LMSW

OCTOBER 17, 2017

Chronic Graft vs Host Disease Webinar
 

Presenter: Jennifer Gillette, LMSW

OCTOBER 10, 2017

Understanding and Managing the Challenges of Caregiving
 

Presenter: Michelle Bishop, PhD

OCTOBER 3, 2017

Navigating Financial Issues Before, During and After Transplant
 

Presenter: Joanna Morales, Esq., Triage Cancer

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Caregiving: Common Concerns Throughout Transplant
 

Presenter: Olivia Eusden, MSW, LICSW, Be The Match