Welcome to the CML Advocates Network!
We are a worldwide network of non-profit organisations supporting patients with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) and their relatives. We do this by sharing knowledge and best practice, running joint campaigns, and educating advocates how to build and grow patient organisations. The network is run by volunteers who are CML patients.
On World CML Day, leukemia patients worldwide unite to address the courage and hope required to live with CML, and call for access to best available treatment and care for all patients
Group by group, advocate by advocate, and survivor by survivor: on World CML Day on 22 September, the global patient community is raising awareness about the needs of people living with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Simultaneous events, publications and meetings on all continents put a spotlight on the real needs of patients and their relatives, and demonstrate the power and unity of a unique worldwide community that knows no borders. Their brand-new book “Faces of Courage and Hope” further provides an insight into the journeys of 16 CML patients in 15 countries.
Facilitating access to information and providing educational material to patients is key to patient advocacy groups. In 2012, a European workgroup of patient advocacy groups and CML experts started to develop and produce a series of educational videos on CML, supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Videos are available in several languages. Currently there are three videos available:
- What you need to know about adherence to therapy (as of today, also available in Czech language!)
- What you need to know about side effects and how to manage them
- What you need to know about testing and monitoring
This is to inform you that no more magnetic pins for World CML Day 2014 can be ordered, as we are out of stock! Since three weeks, a total of 35.000 buttons of "World CML Day" are travelling all across the world, and some of them are still on their way! Thanks to you all for your orders! We look forward to receiving your pictures!
About 35.000 buttons of "World CML Day" are travelling these days across the world, to be with CML advocacy organisations and healthcare professionals on 22 Sept (9/22). This photo shows the different options we looked at: the one on the bottom left is the magnetic button produced this year, the little one in the middle is our 2013 pin (the bigger ones were samples we also tested)! Excited to see the photos when people all around the world will wear the pins on 22 September!
To our member organisations - see our news here how to get the pins and books, if you have not ordered them already!
An important topic of increasing attention discussed between CML patients and health professionals is the introduction of generics in CML treatment. Patients welcome that generics may improve patient access to more affordable therapies in many countries. However, patients also raise concerns about impact on their cancer when switched between different products for non-medical reasons, if their equivalence in terms of quality and efficacy is uncertain.
In May 2014, CML patient groups published a declaration calling governments, health authorities and healthcare professionals to minimize potential uncertainties and risks for patients with five measures. Thanks to our friends at Fundación Colombiana de Leucemia y Linfoma and the Max Foundation, a Spanish translation of the declaration is now available. See also our Generics knowledge base which is continuously updated.
Group by group, advocate by advocate, and survivor by survivor, World CML Day is raising awareness about the needs of people living with CML around the world through numerous simultaneous events being organized by leukemia patient associations on all continents on 22nd of September. Visit our World CML Day Section on this website to learn more about World CML Day about key initiatives planned for this year´s Sept 22! From today, you can also place your orders for our International CML Book („Faces of courage and hope --
16 inspirational journeys of people living with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia“) and the new "World CML Day magnetic pins". We look forward to a wonderful World CML Day 2014 and everybody´s active contribution!
The pediatric CML steering committee of the international BFM group (I-BFM) has recently published the guidelines for treatment and management of pediatric CML in the British Journal of Haematology. The authors are pediatric experts from from United Kingdom, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. These guidelines will contribute to harmonisation of treatment of children and adolescents with CML. See our "Junior CML Advocates" section" on cmladvocates, specifically the section "Scientific Publications" where the full text is available for download.
The conference report will follow soon, so check back again!
And now: enjoy some impressions of a great conference!
Just some more days until the European Hematology Association's annual congress opens its doors in Milan. We are excited to see many of you at EHA 2014!
Over the past months, we've been working hard with the EHA team to set up an attractive patient advocacy programme during the congress, on having a joint booth of all European patient advocacy organisations, and - for the first time this year - also having a one-hour meeting of all patient advocates during the congress. Up to 50 free congress registrations were offered to patient advocates, so we hope there will be strong patient attendance!
In a nutshell, this is what is offered specifically for advocates this year:
- EHA Patient Advocacy Booth (booth #206) as a central meeting place of all patient advocates and their peers
- Patient Advocates Meeting (FRI 11:30-12:30, Room Yellow), meeting for all patient advocates in order to strengthen collaboration and links between our patient advocacy groups
- Patient Advocacy Session "Generics in Haematology: The doctors’ and patients’ perspective" (Sat 8:00-9:15, Room Amber 5+6 SW 2)
- Patient Advocacy Session "The challenges of young patients with old people's diseases" (Sat 9:30-10:15, Room Amber 5+6 SW 2)
- ESH-EHA Joint Symposium "What do you mean, he can’t have the treatment? An interactive session for haematologists and patients" (Sat 11:45-12:45, Amber 5+6 SW2)
- EHA-ASH Joint Symposium "Access to medicines and fair pricing: The cost of innovative drugs" (Sat 14 June, 13:15-14:15, Room Silver, NW 2)
- EHA Advocacy Session "The Future of Hematological Research in Europe" (Sat 14 June, 16:15-17:30, Room Amber 5+6, SW 2)
Find a detailed document describing the patient advocacy programme at EHA 2014 here.
If you are coming to EHA,don't miss any of them, I think they will all be really interesting!