This week in the Beyond the Basics section of the CLL Society website, we have posted an interview from ASH 2015 with Dr. Januario Castro, although discussing an abstract that was presented at the 2015 iwCLL meeting. We talked about Richter’s Transformation, one of the most aggressive turns that chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) can take and specifically, a clinical trial that will be available soon that uses a non-chemo approach to therapy. You can see that interview here. [http://cllsociety.org/2016/02/richters-transformation-of-cll/]
CLL Meeting in Tampa, FL: For those of you in the Tampa area, there is a CLL patient meeting hosted by the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) being held on February 11th at the Embassy Suites Tampa Airport at 5:00 PM. A complimentary buffet dinner will be provided. I’ll be there giving a talk about the importance of support groups. Also, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of the expert speakers. Register and find out more information here. [https://www.flasco.org/events/living-with-cll-tampa/]
CLL Meeting in Miami, FL: For those of you in the Miami area, there is a CLL patient meeting hosted by the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) being held on February 24th at the Miami Marriott Dadeland at 5:00 PM. A complimentary buffet dinner will be provided. I’m not able to attend this meeting, but you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of the expert speakers. Register and find out more information here. [https://www.flasco.org/events/living-with-cll-miami/]
CLL Meeting in Atlanta, GA: For those of you in the Atlanta area, we just became aware of another patient meeting in February: Saturday, February 27th in Atlanta starting at 9:30 AM at the Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta. CLL patients will be sharing their personal stories, and a local CLL expert will be providing a talk on the basics of CLL. You can call 844-482-6815 to register. A complimentary meal and parking will be provided and you are welcome to bring a guest. I will be at the meeting with an exhibit table and will stay afterwards to meet with attendees to discuss the resources available from the CLL Society. I look forward to meeting you there.
We are all in this together.
Brian Koffman, MD
Volunteer Medical Director of the CLL Society