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Expert Reviews Current State of CLL Treatment, Dr. Brander, Duke U

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Recent developments in the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) have created new, unanswered questions and left clinicians scrambling to keep up with the pace of change, said Danielle Brander, MD. However, she said that is a good problem to have.

“For patients who I have sitting in front of me to talk about their options for [the] frontline or relapsed/refractory setting, first I tell them, in a good way, ‘It's now a long discussion because we have a lot of different agents,’” she explained. “But there are also a lot of areas of unmet need in terms of research.”

Brander, assistant professor at Duke University and the Duke Cancer Institute, took part in the 2nd Annual Live Medical Crossfire®: Hematologic Malignancies, discussing some of the most relevant clinical issues in the management of hematologic malignancies.

In an interview with OncLive, she highlighted how recent advances are changing the field of CLL and what it means for patients and their oncologists.

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Welcome back Chris. 🍻

CllcanadaTop Poster CURE Hero
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I have learned in CLL... don't count your chickens.... ever...🐔🐔🐔

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How are you,Chris?

Chris, thanks for coming back and being here for all of us. Hope everything is well. STAY STRONG J.R 🤠🤠🤠

Thanks Chris - I was thinking of you yesterday. I hadn’t seen any post. Hope all is well and I’m glad you’re back.


Thanks for posting this, Cllcanada. In 2012 when first diagnosed, my PCP sent me to the local cancer clinic where I was told "next Wednesday we can fit you in for chemo and get this thing under control right away." Scared me to pieces, so I went to Duke for a second opinion where Dr. Lanasa said "many things may happen, but one thing that won't happen is you getting chemo next week." I have been on w&w since, with 6 months bloodwork intervals.

Dr. Lanasa moved on and Dr. Brander became my doctor. She is personable, competent and as you can see from the interview, on top of the CLL game. Seeing the article just adds to my warm and fuzzy feelings of having Dr. Brander in my corner.

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