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Clinical Trials for Blood Cancers:
How can participating in
a clinical trial help me?

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society invites you to join a free video education program for patients and caregivers that will help explain what to expect if you participate in a clinical trial. This online education program features John P. Leonard, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Alissa Gentile MSN, RN Director, Clinical Trial Support Center of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Register

Topics Covered

We invite you to learn more about:

  1. The role of clinical trials for blood cancers
  2. When a clinical trial is a viable option
  3. The benefits of clinical trials
  4. The role of a patient and caregiver before, during and after the process
  5. LLS’s Clinical Trials Support Center (CTCL)

Chapters and Extras

  • Chapter 1

    The Role of Clinical Trials for Blood Cancers

  • Chapter 2

    When a Clinical Trial is a Viable Option

  • Chapter 3

    The Benefits of Clinical Trials

  • Chapter 4

    The Role of a Patient and Caregiver Before, During and After the Process: Keith and Tricia’s Story

  • Chapter 5

    How LLS Can Help Locate Clinical Trials That May Be Right For You


John P. Leonard, MD

Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

John P. Leonard, MD, is the Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology and associate dean for clinical research at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He is vice chairman for clinical research of the Department of Medicine and associate director of the Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr Leonard’s research focuses on developing novel therapeutic strategies for treating lymphoma and related hematologic malignancies. He is a board member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s New York City chapter, and has served on the editorial boards of Blood and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville.

Alissa Gentile, MSN, RN

Director, Clinical Trial Support Center
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Rye Brook, NY

Alissa Gentile, MSN, RN, is the director of the Clinical Trial Support Center at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in Rye Brook, New York. As director, Ms Gentile leads the society’s efforts to educate and assist people affected by blood cancers about the treatment option of clinical trials. Through education, advocacy, coaching and decision-support services, she and her team help patients weigh their unique concerns around receiving care through standard treatment or within a clinical trial. Prior to joining LLS, Ms Gentile was a nurse educator and an emergency room registered nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her BSN from the University of New Hampshire, and her Master’s degree in Nursing Management & Education from Capella University.


If we were not able to get to your question today or want more information, you may speak to an LLS Information Specialist at 1-800-955-4572 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Eastern Time or reach us by email at infocenter@LLS.org. Information specialists are available to answer your questions about treatment, including clinical trials, and answer other questions you may have about support, including financial assistance for treatment.


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