Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ASH: Patient Power

As I predicted a couple of days ago, the website Patient Power has posted its quick summary of the ASH conference. "more excitement among blood cancer specialists than ever before."

I think the big winner at ASH was CLL -- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. CLL isn't my area, so I don't follow it very closely. But it's pretty clear that the major stuff that came out of ASH was related to CLL. I'm happy for them.

But I think Follicular Lymphoma did pretty darn well, too. Andrew Schorr, founder of Patient Power, mentions Follicular Lymphoma briefly, pointing out that there are some new combinations, and more treatments that will let people live with FL for a long time as a chronic condition. He promises more videos on some of the specifics soon. In the past, that means interviews with Lymphoma Rock Star-level experts about the things that they were excited about in their fields.

Schorr's video segment is called "Optimism and Changes Ahead for Blood Cancer Patients," and while it is short on details (for now), it certainly does convey that optimism. He finishes up with this: "The word here is excitement -- probably more excitement among blood cancer specialists than ever before."

Sounds great to me.


Anonymous said...

Bob, as the year comes to a close, I would like to thank you for the service you provide in scouting our new information about cancer, and FL in particular. I too have FL but am still in the "watch & wait" phase. I look forward to every posting and want you to know how much I appreciate your work! Ginny

Lymphomaniac said...

You're very welcome, Ginny. I always love to hear that I'm helping someone out. Good luck with your watching and waiting -- I hope it stays that way for a good long time.