Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New Immune clinical trials and an explanation of cellular immunity in CLL ( chronic lymphocytic leukemia)


On the CLL Society website, we share two interesting articles:

1. An interview with Dr. John Gribben whom I interviewed at the CRC (CLL Research Consortium) Scientific Meeting in San Diego in April 2015. We discussed his approach to cellular immunity and T cell function in CLL. Please take a look here to see the interview.

2. A patient-friendly summary of three new Immune Antibody clinical trials from MD Anderson Cancer Center. These investigator-initiated trials are exploring how activation of the immune system may lead to killing of CLL cells. You can read more about these interesting trials here.

This Fall has been incredibly busy so far, between traveling to Australia for the iwCLL meeting and an Australian patient support meeting, publishing our first issue of The CLL Tribune, and traveling to Brooklyn for the North American Educational Forum on Lymphoma hosted by the  Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Now we're preparing to go to the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL and putting together the next issue of The CLL Tribune, due out after ASH. If you haven't had a chance to peruse the first issue, you can access it here.

If you have questions you like addressed in future newsletters, OR would be willing to answer 5 questions in our Reader Poll about the CLL Society website, OR would be interested in writing an article for future newsletters, please go to the Ask & Tell section. Our goal is to fulfill the unmet needs of the CLL community, so we always welcome your feedback and questions.
SAVE THE DATE: If you live in the Los Angeles area, please consider attendinga post-ASH patient education forum and CLL Society LA support group launch in conjunction with City of Hope scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. A flyer with more details will be posted in the next week or 2.

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Another reason to make sure all the folks that might be helped sign on is that we will be posting a backlog of great lectures and interviews and articles on CLL over the next few months leading up to ASH and this alert is your best friend in knowing what new material we have posted.

Stay strong.

We are all this together

Brian Koffman

Volunteer Medical Director of the CLL Society

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