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Topics Covered

  • Overview of Blood Cancer Treatments, in the Context of COVID-19
  • Understanding Treatment Side Effects, in the Context of COVID-19
  • Working with Your Health Care Team to Manage Each Treatment Side Effect, in the Context of COVID-19
  • Dealing with Blood Cancer Treatments and Other Co-Morbid Health Treatments
  • The Importance of Taking Your Blood Cancer Treatment on Schedule – Adherence
  • Adjusting to Your Blood Cancer Treatment Over Time
  • Can I Take My Medications at Any Time of the Day?
  • The Value of Time of Day Consistency in Taking Your Pills
  • Challenges to Taking Your Treatment on Schedule, in the Context of COVID-19
  • Practical Tips & Opportunities to Overcome Challenges
  • Review of Resources to Remind You to Take Your Pills on Schedule
  • Planning Ahead: Lead Time in Refilling Prescriptions, Weekends, Travel and Holidays
  • Communicating with Your Hematology Oncology Team about Adherence, including Your Pharmacist
  • The Importance of Communicating with Your Health Care Team about Quality-of-Life Concerns
  • The Increasing Role of Telemedicine/Telehealth Appointments
  • Guidelines to Prepare for Telehealth/Telemedicine Appointments, including Technology & Making Your List of Questions
  • Questions for Our Panel of Experts

Our Panel of Experts


William I. Bensinger, MD

Center for Blood Disorders and Stem Cell Transplantation, SCI’s Personalized Medicine Program, Myeloma & Transplant Program, Swedish Cancer Institute


Michael J. Mauro, MD

Leader, Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Program, Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine


Elizabeth K. O’Donnell, MD

Director, Lifestyle Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Director, Mass General Cancer Center’s Survivorship Program, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Carolyn Messner, DSW, BCD, FAPOS, FAOSW

Director of Education and Training, CancerCare


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Workshop Date

This workshop was originally recorded on March 30, 2021.

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The information presented in this workshop is provided for your general information only. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who are aware of your specific situation. We encourage you to take information and questions back to your individual health care provider as a way of creating a dialogue and partnership about your cancer and your treatment.

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