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Loyola to Co-Host Conference for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and MDS Patients and Caregivers

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Health System is joining the Leukemia Research Foundation and the National Marrow Donor Program in hosting a free conference on Saturday, May 5, for leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) patients and caregivers.

The conference will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, Ill., from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Parking, a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge.

The Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference will provide information on treatments for leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers, as well as the perspectives of patients and at-home caregivers.

Dr. Patrick Stiff, director of Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, developed this patient program with the Leukemia Research Foundation. Stiff will give a talk titled, "When Should Stem Cell Transplantation Be Used to Treat Leukemia and Lymphoma?"

Dr. Tulio Rodriguez, medical director of Loyola's Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, will give a talk titled, "Myeloma: Whom and When to Transplant."
For an agenda and information, and to make reservations, visit the Leukemia Research Foundation or call (847) 424-0600.

About Loyola

Loyola's Bone Marrow Transplantation Program is the largest transplant program in Illinois, and has performed more than 3,000 transplants. Loyola is a participating transplant, apheresis and collection center in the National Marrow Donor Program network.

Transplant options available at Loyola include autologous bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell, allogeneic related and unrelated bone marrow and allogeneic unrelated umbilical cord blood transplants.

Patients have opportunities to participate in clinical trials, including national breast, lymphoma, leukemia, ovarian, testicular and multiple myeloma studies.

About the Leukemia Research Foundation

The Leukemia Research Foundation, headquartered in Wilmette, Ill., is dedicated to funding research and providing support to people affected by blood cancers.

The foundation’s mission is to conquer leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes by funding research into their causes and cures, and to enrich the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.

For more than 65 years, thousands of volunteers and 23 chapters have helped the foundation raise more than $52 million to help fund research specifically targeting aspiring, eager and innovative scientists and physicians around the world, provide patient financial assistance, and offer educational and emotional support for patients and their families.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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