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Annual meetings of large, national, professional societies offer an opportunity for healthcare professionals to get a first glimpse at study results that have the potential to impact practice as provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and practices between thought leaders and less distinguished practitioners. The 2016 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition (ASH 2016) is no exception. Nevertheless, as with every meeting, many professionals from both the community and health-system settings alike will be unable to attend the conference for a variety of reasons, justifying the creation of educational programming that summarize the major findings presented at the meeting.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia:
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is one of a group of malignancies caused by cytogenetic DNA mutations of developing hematopoietic stem cell precursors and mostly common to children with peak incidence at 2-5 years of age. Although approximately 80% of ALL cases present in children, they also occur in adults. The symptoms of ALL are non-specific and similar to those of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), which patients usually have 1-3 months of complaints.These symptoms include: fatigue, malaise, or palpitations associated with anemia; fever with or without infection due to leukopenia or leukocytosis; and petechiae, and bleeding or bruising of the oral mucosa, skin, or gastrointestinal tract due to thrombocytopenia. Although the precise etiology of ALL remains unknown, some cases have been associated with: exposure to ionizing, toxic chemicals, herbicides; genetic conditions such as Down’s syndrome, Fanconi syndrome, neurofibromatosis; viruses like human T-lymphotropic viruses 1 and 2 and Epstein-Barr virus. After clinical suspicion is aroused, diagnostics include: a complete blood count, bone marrow biopsy, and flow cytometry.
Faculty member introduction, disclosures
Major findings from ASH 2016, including clinical trial data relevant to both community and health-system practice and recognized barriers to implementing those findings in practice
Application: patient cases
Summary, conclusion, and best practice recap
Hematologist-oncologists, medical oncologists, oncology nurse practitioners, physician assistants who specialize in oncology, and any other healthcare professionals who otherwise come into regular clinical contact with and provide care for patients with ALL.
This program is supported by educational grants from Baxalta.
Release Date: January 19, 2017 -- Expiration Date: January 19, 2019
Faculty: Ibrahim Aldoss, MD
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Faculty Disclosure: Ibrahm Aldoss, MD has received financial compensation from participation at advisory boards and/or research grants from Helocyte.
Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD has no relevant financial disclosures.
Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by educational grants from Baxalta.
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