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Blood Cancers 'Not a Death Sentence': Creating Hope and Awareness

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She also went on to describe another recent advancement in treatment of chronic myelogenic leukemia in particular: a pill taken daily by patients that has already shown to be quite effective in treating this particular form of the disease.

Alvarado said that she would tell anyone who had just been diagnosed with one of these conditions to get informed about the disease, and to have a positive attitude. She wants others out there to know that her successful treatment story is not an anomaly, and that other patients in her situation have a great chance of recovery.

“Cancer is not a death sentence. It’s actually a challenge and I took that challenge, and I was able to do well,” she said.

Both Marquez-Dulin and Alvarado urged the importance of seeing a doctor if you experience any unexplained symptoms or changes in the body.

For further information and resources about blood cancers, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society can provide information and services through their website: www.lls.org (for Spanish users, www.lls.org/espanol), in-person, or through their bilingual toll-free phone line: 1-800-955-4572.

Sources:

Phone Interview with Alvarado, M. and Marquez-Dulin, E. March 10, 2014.

Leukemia Symptoms. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research., Web. 13 Mar. 2014.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/leukemia/basics/symptoms/con-20024914

Leukemia-Topic Overview. WebMD, LLC. Web. 15 Mar. 2014.
http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/leukemia-topic-overview

Reviewed March 28, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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