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The Leukaemia Foundation hosts regular live webinars, on various topics from blood cancer information, innovative research to health & wellbeing for people living with blood cancer.

Below are our most recent seminars from 2020-present.

All blood cancers

Ageing and Blood Cancer / Disorders

Most people diagnosed with a blood cancer or disorder are over the age of 65. As we age, we are likely to have other medical conditions. It is important to have a good understanding of your health needs to advocate for your health and wellbeing. This webinar will provide you with the information, skills and confidence to help you manage this and live as well as possible.

Watch & Wait

Many people experience uncertainty being in a ‘holding pattern’, not knowing if or when they may need treatment. It can be hard to relate to others having chemotherapy or get the level of understanding or support from others you need. In this group, we will discuss the physical and psychological effects of this approach as well as strategies to assist in managing.

Complimentary Therapies

In this webinar Professor David Joske – Clinical Haematologist and founder of Solaris Cancer Care, discusses how complementary therapies are common and widely used alongside standard blood cancer / blood disorder treatments.

Topics Covered:

  • Reputable sources of information
  • Some of the most popular therapies
  • The safe use of complementary therapies
  • What to consider when deciding what’s right for you
  • The difference between complementary therapies and alternate medicine
Fear of Cancer Recurrence

In this webinar Dr Charlotte Tottman speaks with warmth and passion as a clinical psychologist specialising in the cancer experience and as survivor of cancer. She brings a dual professional and personal experience to her presentations that focus on practical solutions.

You will hear about:

  • Recognising your emotions
  • Managing intrusive thoughts
  • Being proactive in your ongoing care
  • Post treatment adjustment
  • Strategies for supporting mental / emotional & physical health
Talking to kids about blood cancer

The diagnosis of blood cancer or disorder of a parent or caregiver affects the entire family. Your family may have young children and teenagers that have fears and concerns about your health. A diagnosis can feel overwhelming to discuss with others, particularly children. You may feel the need to protect them from this information. However, we know that talking to kids helps them to adjust and cope with the inevitable changes.

Topics discussed in the webinar:

  • Talking about blood cancer / disorder at different ages and stages of childhood / adolescence
  • What behaviours are age and stage appropriate
  • How to manage altered routines and roles
  • Responding to difficult questions
  • Available resources and support

We were joined by an expert guest speaker:

  • Christina Strouzas (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
Get Moving, Keep Motivated

Gain an understanding of how you can be more active for better physical and mental health. Whether you’ve never been active, are currently limited or are a seasoned athlete, this webinar is for you!

Explore how to overcome barriers, learn useful tips to get started and how to stay motivated, at any age, at any stage.

Topics included:

  • Understanding how to exercise safely
  • Why exercise looks different for everybody
  • How to set and achieve realistic goals for you
  • How to help decrease cancer related fatigue
  • How to find the right exercise professional for you

Our guest speakers:

  • Dr Camille Short (University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Shaza Abo (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
  • People living with blood cancer – Bernie, Tracey, Lachy and Kate
Managing blood cancer between hospital, home and community

Many people report feelings of uncertainty after leaving the familiarity of hospital care. New questions arise as you take on more responsibility for managing your care at home.

  • What is the new relationship with your treating team?
  • What information will you need?
  • Where do you start looking for support?
  • Who will work with you to help manage your blood cancer and health now?
  • What about if you live in a rural or remote area?

In this webinar we discussed some of these commonly asked questions and provided practical information on who to ask, what to ask and how to get started on managing your health and wellbeing at home.

Topics included:

  • Understanding the role of your GP in ongoing care
  • How to manage your own health and recovery
  • What to consider when planning your future care needs
  • The unique needs of managing blood cancer in rural and remote communities

Our guest speakers:

  • Professor Jon Emery (University of Melbourne)
  • Ron Middleton (Toowoomba Hospital)
  • Fiona (Living with MDS)
Fertility and blood cancer

The impact of a blood cancer diagnosis can mean having to make major decisions quickly that will have long term implications around future family planning. Having the right information prior to and after treatment can help navigate this complex and highly personal experience.

In this webinar we explored the practical, medical, and psychological impact of blood cancer on making decisions about fertility preservation in the face of treatment and the long-term effects of these decisions after treatment.

Topics included:

  • Decision making issues / considerations
  • Preservation options before treatment
  • Future fertility after treatment
  • Adjustment to potential / actual infertility
  • Where to get reliable information and what to ask
  • Procedures and costs related to fertility / pregnancy

Our guest speakers:

  • Sophie (Blood cancer survivor, diagnosed with AML)
  • Sage (Blood cancer survivor, diagnosed with ALL)
  • Dr Genia Rozen (Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, Melbourne IVF & Royal Women’s Hospital)
  • Ms Ella Sexton (Clinical Psychologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
Travel and blood cancer

If you have a blood cancer, it is possible to travel with ease within Australia or overseas with a little planning. We understand many people are nervous to go too far from home because it can seem too hard or expensive.

In this webinar we discuss the essential tips that can make your travel plans a reality!
Learn what you need to consider, how to prepare and get troubleshooting tips for common legal, medical, and practical issues. We also hear from a person living with blood cancer as they share their personal experience of travelling.

Topics included:

  • Insurance considerations
  • Reciprocal Medicare Rights
  • Mutual obligations and avenues for complaint & redress
  • What to consider when planning a holiday
  • Practical strategies for managing health and medical needs
  • Where to get reputable help to improve your travel experience

Our guest speakers:

  • John Berrill (Berrill & Watson Superannuation & Insurance Lawyers)
  • Jaye Manning (Clinical Content Lead, Leukaemia Foundation)
  • Linda (Living with MDS transformed to AML)
Exploring emotions, blood cancer and you

Recorded as part of Blood Cancer Month 2022, we discuss and explore some of the common reactions and experiences that accompany life with blood cancer. These might impact our emotions, adjustment, relationships, expectations, and wellbeing.

Challenges can change how you think and feel about yourself and your life, no matter how long you’ve been living with blood cancer or what stage of life you’re at.

Topics discussed:

  • Common psychological responses to blood cancer
  • Managing expectations
  • Communication, relationships and intimacy
  • Fear of recurrence or progression
  • Practical strategies for managing these common experiences

Our guest speakers:

  • Dr Charlotte Tottman – Clinical Psychologist & blood cancer survivor
  • Garry – Living with AML, shares his personal blood cancer journey
Nutrition and blood cancer

Food is such an integral part of health and our connection with family and friends. Learn simple ways to cook and enjoy foods for health and manage common issues associated with treatment and living with blood cancer. Our guests are passionate about nutritious, easy to prepare food that tastes delicious and can be shared.

Topics covered in the webinar include:

  • Nutrition myth busters
  • The principles of healthy eating
  • Making easy, nutritious meals on a budget

Our guest speakers:

  • Nathalie Cook (OAM) – Accredited Practising Dietician & Accredited Nutritionist. Nathalie herself lives with a blood cancer / disorder.
  • Jason Roberts – Internationally known chef, cookbook author & television personality
Financial and legal challenges of living with a blood cancer

Many people experience significant financial stress at the time of a blood cancer diagnosis. Personal and financial security can change and the capacity to work can fluctuate, plus accessing insurance or support payments can create uncertainty and stress.

Getting your financial affairs in order also includes making a Will and considering who will manage your financial affairs if you’re unwell or unable to. This enables you to shift focus to your emotional and physical wellbeing.

In this webinar we discussed the financial, legal and planning challenges that often arise after a blood cancer diagnosis and how you can make informed decisions for you and your family, now and into the future.

Topics included:

  • Superannuation
  • Insurance
  • Access to income protection
  • Death & Disability Cover
  • Centrelink benefits
  • Wills and what to consider when appointing a legal decision maker (medical / financial)

Our guest speakers:

  • Leigh (Carer of her husband who had AML)
  • John Berrill (Berrill & Watson Superannuation & Insurance Lawyers)
  • Lori Hobbs (Social Worker, Haematology & Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital)
Blood cancer and the brain

Have you experienced changes in your memory, thinking or ability to multitask since living with blood cancer?

You may have heard the terms ‘chemo brain’ or ‘brain fog’ to describe this experience. This is a common phenomenon that is not well understood yet it can have a significant impact on your quality of life. In this webinar, you’ll hear about what ‘cancer related cognitive impairment’ is, why it happens and strategies to manage it.

Our guest speakers included:

  • Mel (Living with myeloma)
  • Professor Janette Vardy (Medical oncologist and clinician researcher, Concord Cancer Centre and the University of Sydney)
  • Pippa LaBuc (Senior Occupational Therapist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
COVID-19 and blood cancer

COVID-19: Winter 2022 update

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and we enter the winter flu season, you may be wondering how to best avoid infection and manage your health. It can be hard to keep on top of the new variants and ATAGI guidelines around vaccination, treatment, testing and isolation.

We know that many people with blood cancer are looking for trusted sources of information to help them make informed decisions. In this webinar we helped answer some of those questions and show you how to create your own COVID-19 Action Plan.

Our guest speakers included:

  • Associate Professor Nada Hamad (Clinical Haematologist, St Vincent’s Hospital)
  • Dr Krispin Hajkowicz (Infectious Diseases Specialist, Royal Brisbane & Woman’s Hospital)
  • Deborah (Living with CLL)

COVID-19 developments: Fact and fiction

The COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. In this webinar we discuss some of the current developments and implications for people living with blood cancer who are looking for trusted sources of information to help them make informed decisions and sort the fact from fiction.

Our guest speakers included:

  • Associate Professor Nada Hamad (Clinical Haematologist, St Vincent’s Hospital)
  • Associate Professor Antoinette Anazodo (Paediatric Haematologist/Oncologist, Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital)

3rd dose / booster COVID-19 vaccination advice

Thanks to Associate Professor Nada Hamad from St Vincent’s Hospital we answer some of the important questions you’ve been asking about the recommended 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for people with blood cancer.

Questions include:

  • What’s the latest advice on additional COVID vaccinations for people with blood cancer?
  • Who is eligible for an additional vaccination?
  • Where do you get your additional vaccination?
  • Should you finish your current blood cancer treatment or get the vaccination now?
  • Will your response to vaccination change depending on your current blood cancer treatment?
  • What else should I be doing to protect myself from COVID?

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Fact and fiction

We know that many people with blood cancer are looking for trusted sources of information to help them make informed decisions and sort the fact from fiction in relation to COVID-19 vaccines.

To help point them in the right direction, we invited infectious diseases expert, Associate Professor Paul Griffin and Haematologist, Associate Professor Nada Hamad to discuss:

  • Why should I have a vaccine for COVID-19?
  • Is it safe and what are the risk factors associated with blood cancer?
  • Is it effective for blood cancer patients?

Plus they answer many of the other burning questions our webinar viewers had for them.

Palliative care – Discovering all there is to know

Palliative care is not well understood in the community. Many people think it’s all about dying when actually, it’s more about living. Many also think palliative care is only provided at end of life, when in fact, it’s an approach which can be initiated when a serious illness is diagnosed and can be provided for many years.

In this webinar, we discuss the role of palliative care and how it can help you live as well as possible with blood cancer. Wherever you are in your treatment, you and your loved ones may gain valuable information about how it can help. Topics covered include:

  • The role of palliative care in blood cancer management
  • Dispelling the myths about palliative care
  • Initiating the palliative care conversation
  • Finding meaning and purpose while living with life threatening illness
Morgan Atkinson – Exercise Physiologist: Exercise for cancer related fatigue

Every year on 22 September the blood cancer community unites to recognise people living with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and raise awareness, celebrate breakthroughs in treatment and acknowledge what still needs to be done.

In recognition of that day, we’re delighted to bring you Exercise Physiologist, Morgan Atkinson as he discusses the role of exercise for cancer related fatigue.

Heartfelt thanks to our partners for supporting Blood Cancer Awareness Month’s patient information and education series:

Exploring real life with blood cancer: The mind and body experience

With advances in the management of blood cancer, people are living much longer. For many, this also means living with the long-term effects of the disease or its treatments. Whether you were diagnosed with acute or chronic leukaemia, myeloma, MDS, MPN, amyloidosis or lymphoma, the long-term effects may be impacting on your quality of life.

In this webinar, we discussed the long term and often chronic nature of blood cancer and its treatments, along with holistic approaches to manage the impact of these on the life of someone with a blood cancer. By changing the conversation, we hope to empower people living with blood cancer to take more control and subsequently help improve their overall quality of life.

Topics and speakers include:

  • ‘Living your best life with blood cancer’ with Dr Cecily Forsyth (Clinical Haematologist, Central Coast Haematology)
  • ‘Psychological effects of blood cancer’ with Jane Fletcher (Health Psychologist, Melbourne Psycho-oncology Service)
  • ‘Fatigue and physical effects of blood cancer’ with Julie Allen (Physiotherapist and lymphoma survivor)

Plus our panel of experts answer questions from the webinar participants.

Sex, intimacy and blood cancer: The great taboo

The impact of blood cancer on sex and intimacy is not always talked about openly and honestly. It’s a topic people living with blood cancer and health professionals often find difficult to discuss. However, the challenges arising from diagnosis and treatment can change how you look, think and feel about yourself and those around you, no matter how long you’ve been living with blood cancer or your stage of life.

In this webinar, our guest speaker Dr Amanda Hordern discussed:

  • What we mean by sexuality and intimacy?
  • The effects of the natural aging process
  • The impact of blood cancer and treatments both physical and psychological
  • Communication with those around us, including family, friends and health care professionals
  • Practical strategies to assist you

We were also joined by Susan who is living with lymphoma. She shared her personal experience of navigating her sexuality and health after diagnosis.

National Action Plan: How it will help Australians with blood cancer

Australia’s first ever National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer has been launched, but what does it mean for you and your family? How will the plan improve things for Australians of all ages living with blood cancer?

Channel 9 presenter and Leukaemia Foundation ambassador, Alice Monfries, hosts our expert panel of speakers, as they take you through the ins and outs of the National Action Plan and how it’s set to improve blood cancer treatment and support.

  • Learn more about the changes the National Action Plan will deliver, breaking down the barriers to blood cancer treatment.
  • Find out what’s on the Blood Cancer Taskforce agenda for 2021 and beyond.
  • The panel answers questions from the audience.

SPEAKERS

  • Dr John Bashford – Director of Research, Icon Group; Private Cancer Physicians of Australia and Blood Cancer Taskforce Member
  • Tim Murphy – General Manager Blood Cancer Partnerships at Leukaemia Foundation
  • Kathryn Huntley – General Manager People Living with Blood Cancer at Leukaemia Foundation
  • Bronwyn – living with blood cancer and sharing her personal experience
Understanding clinical trials

Clinical trials are essential to the development of new medical treatments, vaccines and diagnostic tests. They are a critical part of evidence-based medicine. The advancements in blood cancer treatment are a direct result of clinical trials. However, there are many misconceptions about them. Finding relevant and reliable information about clinical trials can be challenging. In this webinar we discuss the what, why and how of clinical trials to help you make informed decisions.

Our guest speakers included:

  • Charlie (Living with myelofibrosis (MPN))
  • Delaine Smith (CEO, Australasian Leukaemia & Lymphoma Group)
  • Jennifer Harman (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Concord Hospital)

Leukaemias

Living with AML: A clinical and research perspective

Whether you are newly diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, (AML) or have been living with AML for several years, this will be of interest to you.

Learning to live with AML can be challenging and stressful. In this webinar, we touched on the medical and emotional aspects of living with AML as well as hearing about current Australian AML research projects.

Our guest speakers included:

  • Tim (Living with AML)
  • Professor Paula Marlton (Clinical Haematologist & Researcher, Princess Alexandra Hospital)
  • Professor Andrew Wei (Clinical Haematologist & Researcher, Alfred Hospital)
Current treatment & research in Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL)

The Leukaemia Foundation and Amgen partnered to present ‘Current treatment & research in Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL)’ – an education webinar designed for adults and their carers living with a recent or longer term diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Guest speakers and topics included:

  • Current diagnosis & treatment management of ALL in adults by Dr Matthew Greenwood
  • Research snapshot: Precision medicine in adults with ALL by Professor Deborah White
  • A personal perspective of living with ALL by Mark
World CML Day webinar with Professor Tim Hughes

Every year on 22 September the blood cancer community unites to recognise people living with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and raise awareness, celebrate breakthroughs in treatment and acknowledge what still needs to be done.

We’re proud to bring you a free, live webinar featuring CML expert Tim Hughes.

Professor Tim Hughes, haematologist, Blood Cancer Taskforce Member and international CML expert covers topics including:

  • CML overview
  • Blood Cancer Taskforce
  • Current CML treatment
  • TKI treatment
  • ICMLF theme of ‘life without CML
Living with cancer through a pandemic: Michelle’s CML story

To mark World CML Day 2020, Michelle shares her experiences living with a blood cancer called chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), including how she coped during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle talks about her hopes for better treatment and care for everyone with CML.

Transplants

Autologous Transplant Seminar Series: Preparing for transplant

If you are preparing for or recovering from an autologous stem cell transplant, this series may be for you. We know this can be a challenging and overwhelming time. To arm you with the information you need, we have developed a 3 session online education series.

The first session focusses on preparing for transplant and we are joined by Nectaria Matsamakis (Autologous Transplant Nurse Consultant, Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre) and Bernadette who is living with Myeloma.

Autologous Transplant Seminar Series: Hospitalisation & beyond

If you are preparing for or recovering from an autologous stem cell transplant, this series may be for you. We know this can be a challenging and overwhelming time. To arm you with the information you need, we have developed a 3 session online education series.

The second session focusses on hospitalisation and beyond and we are joined by Dr Shirleen Sim, Haematologist (St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne) and Michael who is living with Myeloma.

Autologous Transplant Seminar Series: Supporting health and wellbeing after transplant

If you are preparing for or recovering from an autologous stem cell transplant, this series may be for you. We know this can be a challenging and overwhelming time. To arm you with the information you need, we have developed a 3 session online education series.

The third session focusses on supporting health and wellbeing after transplant and beyond and we are joined by (Trish Joyce, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Myeloma & Autograft Stream, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and Michael who is living with Myeloma.

Allogeneic Transplant – Preparing for transplant (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a 4-part live webinar series discussing allogeneic stem cell transplants in detail. These transplants present many unique challenges for those who experience them, so whether you’re about to embark on an allogeneic stem cell transplant or you’re several years down the track, this series may be helpful.

In this first session we will cover:

  • The lived experience of a stem cell donor with Leon
  • Donor experience with Dr Hung Yang (Medical Director, Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry)
  • Pre-transplant work up with Taylor Jervois and Annette Barnes (Transplant Coordinators, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital)

Plus our panel of experts answer questions from the webinar participants.

Allogeneic Transplant – Hospitalisation and beyond (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a 4-part live webinar series discussing allogeneic stem cell transplants in detail. These transplants present many unique challenges for those who experience them, so whether you’re about to embark on an allogeneic stem cell transplant or you’re several years down the track, this series may be helpful.

In this second session we will cover:

  • The lived experience of transplant and GVHD with Melissa (Allograft survivor)
  • The first 100 days including hospitalisation and transition out of hospital to home & Graft Versus Host disease with Alexandra Rivalland, (GVHD Clinical Nurse Consultant, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)

Plus our panel of experts answer questions from the webinar participants.

Allogeneic Transplant – Maintaining health and wellbeing (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of a 4-part live webinar series discussing allogeneic stem cell transplants in detail. These transplants present many unique challenges for those who experience them, so whether you’re about to embark on an allogeneic stem cell transplant or you’re several years down the track, this series may be helpful.

In this second session we will cover:

  • Maintaining health and wellbeing throughout all stages of transplant with a particular focus on managing fatigue and the importance of exercise with Melanie (Exercise Physiologist)
  • The lived experience with Melanie (Allograft survivor)

Plus our panel of experts answer questions from the webinar participants.

Allogeneic Transplant – Late effects of transplant (Part 4)

This is Part 4 of a 4-part live webinar series discussing allogeneic stem cell transplants in detail. These transplants present many unique challenges for those who experience them, so whether you’re about to embark on an allogeneic stem cell transplant or you’re several years down the track, this series may be helpful.

In this final session we will cover:

  • Late effects of transplant including GVHD, medication side effects and broader health issues with Yvonne Panek-Hudson (Late Effects Nurse Practitioner, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
  • The lived experience of chronic GVHD with Clinton (Allograft survivor)

Plus our panel of experts answer questions from the webinar participants.

World Marrow Donor Day 2020 webinar: Annette Barnes – Transplant Coordinator

World Marrow Donor Day is celebrated every year to thank blood stem cell donors worldwide. It’s also a day to raise awareness about the importance of registering as a stem cell donor and the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on a patients’ life. If you’d like to register to become a stem cell donor visit Strength to Give at https://lf.strengthtogive.org.au

Annette Barnes – Transplant Coordinator. Presenting on the role of the Transplant Coordinator, tissue typing, bone marrow register, Australian and overseas donors as well as the patient lead-up to a transplant.

Heartfelt thanks to our partners for supporting Blood Cancer Awareness Month’s patient information and education series:

Myeloma

Future Directions in Myeloma Management & Treatment

In recognition of Myeloma awareness month 2021, the Leukaemia Foundation & Myeloma Australia partnered to present Future Directions in Myeloma Management & Treatment – an education seminar presented by leading Australian myeloma experts

Guest speakers and topics included:

  • New & innovative treatments in Myeloma by Prof. Hang Quach, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
  • Lab tour and research update: Reducing side effects/toxicity in myeloma treatment – Dr Kate Van Dyke, SAHMRI, Adelaide
  • My myeloma journey with Bernadette
  • Treatment options, continuous therapy & PBS decision-making by Dr Nick Weber, Royal Brisbane & Woman’s Hospital, Brisbane
Talking myeloma with Patsy – diagnosis, treatment and hope

Jacqui Baverstock, Blood Cancer Support Coordinator with the Leukaemia Foundation sits down for a virtual chat with Patsy. Patsy was diagnosed with myeloma back in 2004 at the age of 45 and has experienced the highs and lows of a blood cancer diagnosis, including two stem cell transplants.

Patsy will take you through her journey of diagnosis and treatment and how she has managed her fears around relapse and side-effects. For her, taking care of yourself, having a good support network and understanding the disease are what gives her a sense of hope and positivity for the future.

Myeloma – diagnosis, symptoms, side effects and current treatment

Dr Hasib Sidiqi discusses updates on treatment options for Myeloma in Australia, outlining the current and possible future therapies utilised for early right through to advanced disease. Symptom and side effects management is an integral part of Myeloma care to minimise the impacts of treatment.

For a particular topic you can skip through the presentation to find what you’re looking for:

  • Introduction (0:00 – 1:20)
  • What is Myeloma and how is it diagnosed? (1:20 – 8:30)
  • History and development of Myeloma treatment (9:10 – 21:40)
  • Current Myeloma treatment in Australia (21:40 – 24:50)
  • Symptoms and side effects of Myeloma and related treatment (24:50 – 34:30)
  • The effect of treatment and Myeloma on the immune system (34:30 – end)

Dr Sidiqi is a haematologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth with an interest in myeloma and amyloidosis. He recently completed a 2-year fellowship at Mayo Clinic focusing on Myeloma, Amyloidosis and Bone Marrow Transplantation. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Australia in 2008 and completed his haematology through Sir Charles Gardiner and the Royal Perth Hospitals. He is a member of the Australian Amyloidosis Network and the Myeloma Working Party of the ALLG.

Lymphomas and Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinaemia

Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinaemia (WM) education webinar

This special event was a joint initiative of the Leukaemia Foundation and WMozzies, designed to help patients with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinaemia (WM), in Australia and New Zealand, gain a better understanding of their disease.

Hosted by the Leukaemia Foundation and joined by an expert panel of speakers, they discuss:

  • How treatment decisions are made
  • Latest updates on treatments
  • Research developments
  • Insights and learnings from diagnosis with WM and involvement with WMozzies

Speakers include:

  • Professor Constantine Tam – Clinical Lead for CLL and Low-Grade Lymphoma at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Professor of Haematology at the University of Melbourne.
  • Prof Judith Trotman (MBChB, FRACP, FRCPA, Grad Cert Clin Trials Oncology) – Haematologist and Head of Department, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, University of Sydney.
  • David Young – Team Leader of WMozzies
Julie Allen: Exercise as treatment for lymphoma

World Lymphoma Awareness Day on 15 September each year is a time to focus on increasing awareness for lymphoma, celebrating breakthroughs in treatment and acknowledging what still needs to be done.

We’re proud to bring you physiotherapist and lymphoma survivor Julie. Julie discusses exercise as treatment for lymphoma and her personal perspective.

Heartfelt thanks to our partners for supporting Blood Cancer Awareness Month’s patient information and education series:

Dr Glenn Kennedy: CAR-T cell therapy and its relevance to lymphoma

World Lymphoma Awareness Day on 15 September each year is a time to focus on increasing awareness for lymphoma, celebrating breakthroughs in treatment and acknowledging what still needs to be done.

We’re proud to bring you Dr Glenn Kennedy discussing CAR-T cell therapy including an overview of CAR-T and its relevance to the lymphoma patient population.

Heartfelt thanks to our partners for supporting Blood Cancer Awareness Month’s patient information and education series:

MDS and MPN

Living with MDS: A clinical and research perspective

Whether you’re newly diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) or have been living with MDS for several years, this webinar may be of interest to you. Learning to live with MDS can be challenging and stressful. We discuss the medical and emotional aspects of living with MDS as well as hearing about a current Australian MDS research project.

Our guest speakers included:

  • Christine (Living with MDS)
  • Associate Professor Melita Kenealy (Clinical Haematologist, Cabrini Hospital)
  • Dr Ashwin Unnikrishnan (Biomedical Research Scientist, Lowy Cancer Research Centre)
MPN Awareness Day 2020 webinar

MPN Awareness Day focuses on encouraging those living with MPNs to use their voice to inspire others. It’s also a great time for the MPN community to connect with one another and exchange information.

Along with MPN Alliance Australia, we’re proud to bring you this webinar featuring MPN experts and people with lived MPN experience.

Speakers

  • Prof Andrew Perkins from Monash University.
    Topic: Current clinical and research interests – rundown on how diagnosis and treatment is progressing and emerging therapies.
  • Prof Wendy Erber from University of Western Australia.
    Topic: Why do Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Progress to Fibrosis?.
  • Prof Peter Baade from Cancer Council QLD.
    Topic: How does the burden of MPN in Australia vary by where people live?
  • Helen from Sydney. Helen is newly diagnosed with PV and discusses her experience from a patient perspective.

Heartfelt thanks also to our partners for supporting Blood Cancer Awareness Month’s patient information and education series:

For upcoming webinars, visit our events calendar to find out more and to register