MPN Support Groups

How to Help a Sick Friend

What can I do to help?" is probably the most common thing we say to a friend who is ill or in need. But despite our best intentions, this may not be the best way to lend a helping hand. When a person is diagnosed with an MPN blood cancer, patients often feel too overwhelmed or too proud to know how to respond. Now, here's some ways for you to support a sick friend. [...]

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Blood Cancer Awareness Month on Social Media

Tomorrow is the first day of September and this means it's the first day of Blood Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM).
All through September, share your stories & advice -- help us in the fight against blood cancer. We'll be using BCAM throughout September and we encourage you to do the same! [...]

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MPN Support Group Leader-Jean Diesch

Why did you become a Support Group Leader?
I became a Support Group Leader for a variety of reasons. The core reason is that I love to help people. When I was diagnosed, it was difficult finding information, whether it be medical professionals treating the disease with the latest treatments, learn what the latest research is or talking to someone that simply understood my experiences. When presented with the opportunity to start a Support Group, I had no other choice. It gave me a purpose. I retooled my skills that I developed from my work experience to focus on helping others. [...]

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2015 MPN Challenge Grant Program

The 2015 MPN Challenge is a grant program supported jointly by the MPN Research Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This grant program represents an important partnership between MPNRF and LLS, who share a mission to advance the scientific understanding of MPNs and bring new treatments and the hope for a cure to patients with these rare diseases. [...]

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This September We're Putting Patients in the Driver's Seat

Last September, the U.S. House of representatives declared that September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. In 2012 our focus was to help educate patients about the diseases and the resources available. [...]

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April Patient Events

Our partner on the MF Challenge, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is hosting a few events in April aimed at educating the people living with blood cancer:  [...]

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You Don't LOOK Sick!

By guest blogger Emily, who this week is blogging about Invisible Illness Week. [...]

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MPD Patients Connect Through Social Media

With increased access to and understanding of technology, people are finding their way online, searching out interests like cooking, basketball and even myelofibrosis.  Once assumed to be the domain of the young and frivolous, a new group has turned to the internet as a means of learning about and connecting to what is important to them.  This is especially true for patients with orphan diseases like polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis where the next closest patient may be hundreds of miles away. [...]

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MPD Patient Symposia Educate and Empower

Monday, June 28, 2010

By Ann Brazeau

The MPD Foundation believes that an educated patient is an empowered patient who can share what they know with their health care professionals to optimize treatment protocols and be able to fully participate in important decisions for their future care. To that end, in May 2010, the MPD Foundation hosted a patient education symposium in San Mateo, CA. Guest speakers included Drs. Ayalew Tefferi and Ruben Mesa from the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Jason Gotlib from Stanford, Dr. Ann Mullally from Harvard, Dr. David Leibowitz from the Palo Alto Cancer Center and author Joy Selak. For those who couldn't make it, a video of the event is available here.

Patients, family members and physicians are encouraged to attend these programs where they will hear from leading experts in the field of myeloproliferative disorders / neoplasms. Research updates, information on current clinical trials and day to day maintenance of these rare blood cancers are discussed. Open forums are provided for questions and one on one opportunities to speak with the researchers and clinicians. Attendees enjoy meeting other patients in a safe and warm environment. 

This fall, the MPD Foundation will host a symposium in San Diego, California. Dr. Catriona Jamieson will be our keynote speaker and will be joined by other leading MPD researchers and clinicians. Dr. Jamieson, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine/Division of Hematology-Oncology and Director for Stem Cell Research at Moores Universtiy of California San Diego Cancer Center. Dr. Jamieson studies the mutant stem cells and progenitor cells in myeloproliferative disorders / neoplasms. Her studies have run the gamut from identifying a promising treatment in the laboratory, to opening and completing the first clinical trial, to target cancer stem cells in humans.Please continue to check our Events page for updates on the next MPD symposium.

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Introducing the MPN Foundation's Official Blog

The MPD Foundation is a decade old this year. We are currently waiting for proposals to arrive for the 2011 grant cycle and are looking forward to continuing to hold patient-education symposia, the first of which was held in May 2010. We continue to distribute MPD brochures to doctors and patients around the world and keep up to date with scientific discoveries pertinent to MPDs. [...]

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