Navigating Blood Cancer

 

Almost every three minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with a blood cancer. At 34, our team member, Christian, was one of them. Blood cancer can affect anyone and, with the diagnosis, comes fear and uncertainty. Groundbreaking new treatment options, like CART-T therapy can be confusing and overwhelming, and many times emotional health can be overlooked. In Christian’s case, he turned to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) for support and soon began to find a path to helping others.

Join us for an interactive session with our partner, LLS, as they shed light on what blood cancer is, common questions and concerns, and information about new treatment options, like CAR-T therapy. We’ll hear from Jennifer Wilson, LCSW-R, senior information specialist, and Crissy Kus, BSN, RN, clinical trial nurse navigator, about available resources from LLS that empower survivors to find and use their voice through educational and support services.

 

Speakers

  • Jennifer Wilson, LCSW-R, Sr. Information Specialist, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Crissy Kus, BSN, RN, Clinical Trial Nurse Navigator, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Speaker Bios

Jennifer Wilson, LCSW-R, Sr. Information Specialist, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

As a senior information specialist at LLS, I respond to enquiries from patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals seeking information and support on blood cancers by providing accurate and up-to-date disease facts, treatment information, details on clinical trials, financial help, and support resources.

I am passionate about ensuring that all blood cancer patients have the information needed to access the best care possible. My focus is with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). I participate in several CLL advisory groups, contribute to the development of educational materials and represent LLS at numerous conferences. I had the privilege to be honored as Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in Westchester County in 2018.

 

Crissy Kus, BSN, RN, Clinical Trial Nurse Navigator, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Crissy has spent her nursing career helping patients and their families in their battle with blood cancer. She most recently worked at The University of Kansas Cancer Center where she was a Cellular Therapy Nurse Coordinator and developed the infrastructure, standards of practice and patient support programs for patients receiving cellular therapies. Prior to her time at the University of Kansas, she was a clinical research nurse in immunotherapy at City of Hope in L.A. Her other nursing experience includes being a BMT nurse coordinator and inpatient nursing.

 

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