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September 26, 2016

Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Lecture: Acute Leukemia, 2016 and Beyond

September 26, 2016

Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Community Lecture: Acute Leukemia, 2016 and Beyond

Karen Ballen, MD, Clinical
Director, Center for Leukemia,
Mass General Cancer Center
 
Sean Mullally, MD, Medical
Director, Mass General Cancer
Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital

NORTHAMPTON, Mass – Community members are invited to attend the next Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital lecture, with Karen Kuhn Ballen, MD, on Thursday, May 19, from 7 – 8 pm, in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Acute leukemias are some of the most aggressive cancers and can be rapidly fatal without treatment. In fact, the cure of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is one of the major advances in oncology.

In this talk, Ballen will review new drugs and treatments for adults with acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoid leukemia. She will also discuss the progress that researchers are making towards a cure. Sean Mullally, MD, medical director of the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, will introduce Ballen.

The physicians will discuss the partnership between The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston and the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital as well as how the collaboration between the two organizations benefits local patients.

The lecture is free and open to all.  To register online, visit cooley-dickinson.org/classes or call 888-554-4CDH (4234). Seating is limited; registration is required.

About the Presenters

Karen Kuhn Ballen, MD, is the clinical director of the Center for Leukemia at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. She earned her medical degree from Dartmouth College and she completed both her internal medicine internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital, and completed and a hematology/oncology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Her career has focused on the care of patients with leukemia and patients undergoing bone marrow or stem cell transplants. She has a particular interest in patients who do not have a matched donor and may be interested in transplants using umbilical cord blood. Although she enjoys doing clinical research to continually improve outcomes, excellent and compassionate, patient care is her primary concern and fulfillment.

Sean Mullally, MD, medical director of the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and hematology.

About the Lecture Series

The Cooley Dickinson and Massachusetts General Hospital lecture series features advances in treatment and health care delivery, health policy issues of the day, and medical research.

 

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