Learning from COVID-19: Coping Strategies for CLL Providers & Patients

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The pandemic has heightened the distress patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) are experiencing and taken its toll on providers. Join us for a discussion on strategies and solutions to these ubiquitous challenges and the path forward for providers and patient care. 

Speaker: Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, LSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, Director of Community Outreach & Cancer Support Services, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center at Eisenhower Medical Center

Moderator: Javier Munoz, MD, MS, FACP, Senior Associate Consultant, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Arizona 

This webinar is part of the Returning to Practice in the Post COVID-19 Era: Resources for Treating Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia education project. Funding & support provided by AbbVie.

Javier Munoz, MD, MS, FACP (Moderator)

Senior Associate Consultant, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Arizona

Javier Munoz, MD, MS, FACP, specializes in treating lymphomas, and he is the director of the Lymphoma Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He is triple-board-certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology. Dr. Munoz studied medicine at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. Subsequently, he completed his residency and fellowship in hematology-oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. Dr. Munoz also earned a master’s degree in patient-based research and had an investigational cancer therapeutics fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston before he relocated to Arizona to spearhead the development of chimeric antigen receptors (CAR) T cells. He has been the principal investigator in multiple cutting-edge lymphoma trials, including immunotherapy and CAR T-cells. Dr. Munoz has published in major medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Reviews, Blood, and JAMA. Dr. Munoz's personal goal is the development of non-chemotherapy agents, via novel clinical trials, to serve patients suffering from lymphoma.

Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, LSW, OSW-C, FAOSW

Director, Community Outreach & Cancer Support Services, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, Eisenhower Medical Center

Alison Mayer Sachs is nationally recognized for her leadership in the field of oncology social work and has served on the board of the Association of Oncology Social Work. She presently sits on The American Cancer Society’s Western Division, Desert-Coastal Board; the Scientific Advisory Board of the Go2Foundation For Lung Cancer; the Medical Advisory Board of Zero-The End of Prostate Cancer; and the Coachella Valley’s Desert Cancer Foundation. As the director of community outreach and cancer support services at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer CenterMayer Sachs and her team are responsible for the development, design, and implementation of community outreach events, community education programs, oncology social work services, nursing navigation and disease prevention and health promotion programs. Mayer Sachs has lectured extensively on the importance of support and education for cancer patients, their loved ones, and the community, and she is adjunct faculty in Eisenhower’s Graduate Medical Education Residency Program. Since 2018, Mayer Sachs has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology’s special section, “The Art of Psychosocial Oncology.”  


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