CML Education Session at ASH 2017: Stopping treatment, cardiovascular toxicities of CML drugs, and eradicating leukemia stem cells

ASH2017EDU mahonpanelAbout 30.000 people are meeting in Atlanta (and due to snowfall that happens usually once every five years, it currently feels more like Alaska) to discuss latest science in blood diseases. The Education Sessions are a core element of the conference programme, providing a broad overview on key topics in specific diseases. In the CML education session 2017, stopping CML treatment, cardiovascular issues of current TKI treatment, and eradicating CML stem cells were chosen as the “hot topics” this year.

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CML Advocates Network at Eurordis Federations Council 2017


Our Programme Manager Celia Marín on behalf of the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation participated at the “Council of European Rare Disease Federations” held in Paris on 26-27 October 2017 by the Rare Diseases Europe EURORDIS with 26 other patient organisation representatives from different communities such as Myeloma Patients Europe and Lymphoma Coalition.The two-day meeting was full of very informative and interesting sessions, starting with a joint meeting with the Council of National Alliances.

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Treatment-free remission in chronic myeloid leukemia


Stopping Treatment in CML has now become a standard care with the publication of the NCCN and ESMO guidelines which include stopping treatment outside the context of clinical trials. The ELN recommendations are expected in few months and will relate to this hot topic as well.

At the same time, there are many questions patients have about the process.

In the following video Giora Sharf, the co-founder of CML Advocates Network and a CML patient on TFR for 3.5 years, interviews one of the world CML experts Prof. Giuseppe Saglio from University of Turin Italy, trying to answer some of the concerns CML patients have when thinking about stopping treatment. For example:


What is treatment-free remission concept?

What is the longer period of time that a patient has been on TFR?

Who are the patients eligible for TFR?

How many patients have to restart the treatment after TFR and when?

How can the psychological aspects on TFR be overcome?

What is the standard of monitoring a patient on TFR?

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The CML Advocates Network participating at ESH 2017

esh footerThe 19th Annual John Goodman Conference on Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Biology and Therapy were held in Estoril, Portugal on12-15 October 2017 organized by the European School of Haematology (ESH).

This event gathers leading scientists in the field of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia treatment including Clinicians as well as Biologists and Medical laboratory technologists.

Although the Programme does not contain specific Patient Advocacy sessions like in other scientific congresses, several patient advocates from different countries have been attending the conference. A number of CML advocates have been participating at this conference and sharing our CML patient's perspective.

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Welcome, Power of CML, Egypt! Now 116 patient organisations from 86 countries in the CML Advocates Network

We are proud to welcome a new member organisation to the CML Advocates Network: Power of CML based in Egypt. The CML Advocates Network now totals at 116 member organisations in 86 countries worldwide! See the list of CML groups in the Network on our world map.



CML Clinical Trials Registry now lists 35 ongoing studies

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Patients wishing to participate in a clinical study often look for a central source of information where they can find easy-to-understand facts on ongoing trials. 

Official trial registries like or other trial registries are available but tend to be complex and difficult to use for patients.

To fill the need for a single source of information on CML studies in plain language, CML Advocates Network set up an unofficial online CML Trials Registryin 2013.

The database contains a brief description of ongoing CML trials initiated by academia (universities) or pharmaceutical companies.

Currently, 24 clinical studies are listed that are actively recruiting patients. Another 11 studies are still ongoing but no longer including new patients.

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Welcome, Philadelphia LMC, Algeria! Now 115 patient organisations from 86 countries in the CML Advocates Network

We are proud to welcome a new member organisation to the CML Advocates Network: Philadelphia LMC based in Algeria. The CML Advocates Network now totals at 115 member organisations in 86 countries worldwide! See the list of CML groups in the Network on our world map.



EHA 2017 in Madrid, Spain: Patient Advocacy Programme

ehaNot many weeks left until the European Hematology Association's annual congress opens its doors in Madrid, Spain. We are excited to see many of you at #EHA22 2017!

Over the past months, we've been working hard with the EHA team to set up an attractive patient advocacy programme during the congress.  We have a joint booth of all European patient advocacy organisations, and once again also having a “Patient Advocacy Track” within the scientific program during the congress. Up to 50 free congress registrations were offered to patient advocates, so we hope there will be strong patient attendance!

Click on "Read more" what is offered specifically for patient advocates, hematologists and other stakeholders at EHA this year.

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Calling CML Patient Advocate Leaders to apply for the 3rd EUPATI Patient Expert Training Course

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The EUPATI Patient Expert Training Course in Medicines Research & Development is an exciting and unique opportunity, offering patient advocates expert-level training that is specifically tailored for them. 

This 14-month tailor-made course, based on e-learning with additional two face-to-face training weeks, gives you the tools as CML patient advocate leaders to be able to contribute to be part of the research and development process and all related regulatory processes. It helps to understand all processes of pre-clinical and clinical research, drug safety, benefit/risk assessment and health technology assessment at an expert level.

IMG 0348So far, three CML advocates members have participated in the EUPATI course: Conny Borowczak, Aimo Stromberg and Sarunas Narbutas. Read about Conny's experience by clicking on "Read more", and contact them if you have questions.

We encourage European patient advocates (from the wider European region as defined by WHO) to apply before the deadline of 31st March at


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ASH 2016: Interviews about hot topics in chronic myeloid leukemia



The American Society of Hematology’s annual meeting brings together hematologists from around the world to discuss critical issues in hematology, examines the latest clinical advances in this area and explores the year's most significant scientific discoveries and updates.

Jan Geissler, Co-founder of the CML Advocates Network and chair of the German leukemia patient platform Leukaemie-Online has been interviewed by the Video Journal of Hematological Oncology. during ASH 2016 on some of the hot topics at ASH 2016.

We are happy to share with you these short video interviews that highlight a CML patient’s view on the safety of stopping treatment in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, the new BCR-ABL inhibitor ABL001 for CML treatment, generic Imatinib in the age of Imatinib patent expiration, patient involvement in th ASH congress, as well as some European programs and initiatives in hematology like HARMONY and the European Reference Network EuroBloodNet.

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Welcome, CML Zimbabwe! Now 114 patient organisations from 85 countries in the CML Advocates Network

We are proud to welcome a new member organisation to the CML Advocates Network: CML Zimbabwe based in Zimbabwe. The CML Advocates Network now totals at 114 member organisations in 85 countries worldwide! See the list of CML groups in the Network on our world map.



CML Advocates Network's publication on adherence to CML therapy accepted by Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology

JOCRHooray! Our publication of the CML Advocates Network's adherence survey has been accepted in the Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology. Our adherence study is one of the largest adherence studies made so far, with 2546 patients from 63 countries and 79 CML patient organisations and very important findings on the motivations and risk factors of patients on intentional and non-intentional non-adherence, potential tools to drive adherence. It is also a great example of evidence-based patient advocacy!

This publication has been a tough ride for us non-scientists over the past three years, given we needed support to do the data analysis and write a scientific paper. Authors were the patient advocates Jan Geissler, Giora Sharf, Mina Daban, Jan de Jong, Tony Gavin, Jana Pelouchová, Euzebiusz Jan Dziwinski, plus Dr. Verena Hoffmann who has been the scientific author, supported by Prof. Joerg Hasford and!

The news of acceptance for publication was received today, the paper will hopefully be in the public soon.

More info about our adherence survey can be found at

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