• About Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation

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    The Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation is a patient-led non-profit foundation in Switzerland. Its mission is to improve the lives & survival of patients affected by Leukemia. It is a platform for discussions & best practice sharing to Leukemia patient groups worldwide. The foundation collaborates with all stakeholders involved in research, policy, treatment and care. It also acts as a platform for patient organisations concentrating on educating, connecting and supporting patient group leaders.

    The foundation acts as a legal platform for self-sustained patient advocacy networks: The CML Advocates Network (116 patient organisations in 86 countries), the MPN Advocates Network, the CLLAdvocates Network and the Acute Leukemia Advocates Network (ALAN).

    Vision and Mission of the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation

    Our vision is a world in which all leukemia patients have access to the best treatment, care and support available.

    Our mission is:

    • To improve the lives and survival rates of patients affected by leukemia, as well as their relatives, worldwide
    • To support patient leaders in providing help and support to leukemia patients and their relatives
    • To provide a platform for education and best practice sharing of leukemia patient groups world wide
    • To collaborate with other stakeholders involved in research, treatment and care of leukemia patients

    The Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation hosts the global CML Advocates Network, MPN Advocates Network, CLLAdvocates Network and the last one, the Acute Leukemia Advocates Network (ALAN).

    CML Advocates Network

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    Hosted by the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation, the global "CML Advocates Network" (http://cmladvocates.net) connects 115 patient organisations in 86 countries on all continents. The CML Advocates Network is a worldwide network designed and run by CML patients and carers who are registered patient group advocates and organisers.

    The Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation hosts the "CML Horizons" conference as the annual global leadership meeting that welcomes patient leaders from all world regions (http://www.cmladvocates.net/cmlhorizons). An elected "CML Horizons Steering Committee", as a steering committee (as defined in the foundation's statutes) within the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation, carries all responsibility to run the "CML Horizons" conferences. Following elections by the worldwide CML community in May 2017, the CML Horizons Steering Committee consists of the following nine members of which six are CML patients themselves, and which represent all major regions of the world: 

    • Giora Sharf (Israel, co-founder & permanent member of the Steering Committee)
    • Jan Geissler (Germany, co-founder & permanent member of the Steering Committee)
    • Jana Pelouchová (Czech Republic, co-founder & permanent member of the Steering Committee)
    • Ferdinand Mwangura (Kenya, region: Middle East & Africa)
    • Gail Sperling (USA, region: North America)
    • Zack Pemberton-Whiteley (UK, region: Western Europe)
    • Mercedes Arteaga (Argentina, region: Latin America)
    • Rod Padua (Philippines, region: Asia-Pacific)
    • Sarunas Narbutas (Lithuania, region: Central and Eastern Europe & West Asia)

    MPN Advocates Network

    mpn-advocates-logoHosted by the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation, the global "MPN Advocates Network" (http://www.mpn-advocates.net) was founded by representatives from the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The MPN Advocates Network's immediate goal is to increase the international scope of the organisation by contacting MPN patient groups in other countries and inviting them to become part of the network. The initial focus will be groups in Europe, but the intention is to be a world-wide organisation.

    The MPN Advocates Network hosts the "MPN Horizons", the international conference for MPN patient advocacy leaders, works on educating patient advocates, building patient groups’ capacity, implementing advocacy initiatives with a real impact in the countries and finally enforcing cooperation in the global “MPN Advocates Network”.

    A Steering Committee within the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation carries all responsibility to run the MPN Advocates Network. The members of the Steering Committee are:

    • Jonathan Mathias, Chair (UK)
    • Cheryl Petruk (Canada)
    • Felice Bombaci (Italy)
    • Giora Sharf (Israel)
    • Ilse Jans (Belgium)
    • Peter Loffeelhardt (Spain)
    • Robi Zelig (Israel)            
    • Werner Zinkand (Germany)
    • William Crowley (U.S.A)

    Giora Sharf (Israel), as a trustee of the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation, supervises the finances of the MPN Advocates Network and its compliance with Swiss Regulatory requirements regarding the non-profit status.

    For more information, please visit the MPN Advocates Network website

    CLL Advocates Network


    Hosted by the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation, the establishment of the CLLAdvocates Network (CLLAN) (http://www.clladvocates.net) and commencement of the new network’s activities aims to ensure the successes seen in CML are replicated for CLLand common goals are shared. The CLLAdvocates Network (CLLAN) was founded by representatives from Canada, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Portugal, UK and the United States. The CLLAdvocates Network Steering Committee consists of the following 8 members, of which 3 are CLLpatients and one a carer. The other members are CLLpatient advocates:

    • Lorna Warwick, Chair (Canada)
    • Nick York (UK)
    • Pierre Aumont (France)
    • Felice Bombaci (Italy)
    • Brian Koffman (USA)
    • Jana Pelouchova (Czech Republic)
    • Michael Rynne (Ireland)
    • Sofia Sá Cardoso (Portugal)

    The CLLAdvocates Network’s immediate goals include connecting across the globe with CLLpatient groups, CLLpatient advocates and patient organisations supporting blood cancer patients including CLL.

    The CLLAdvocates Network hosts the "CLLHorizons", a unique opportunity for CLLpatient organization representatives to meet and network, giving them the opportunity to discuss issues facing CLLpatients and hopefully start to think about what they could do better to help CLLpatients in their communities. 

    Acute Leukemia Advocates Network  (ALAN)

    ALANThe newest patient advocates network within the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation is the Acute Leukemia Advocates Network (ALAN)  (http://acuteleuk.org).

    The ALAN is an independent global network of patient organisations representatives and patient organisations, dedicated to

    • changing outcomes of patients with acute leukemias by strengthening patient advocacy in that area by developing patient information and specific support for patients with acute leukemias and their carers in all countries; 
    • strengthening patient organisations by sharing best practices and providing toolkits in patient advocacy;
    • creating awareness about acute leukemias and how to better support leukemia patients; advocating for better treatment, care & access to healthcare services;
    • improving education for healthcare professionals serving leukemia patients as well as collaborating with other initiatives and stakeholders with similar goals.

    Similar to the CML Advocates Network, MPN Advocates Network and CLLAdvocates Network within the LePAF, the ALAN is not a network mainly targeting (english-language) patients and carers directly, but acts as a “network of organisations”. It aims to build capacity in the members of the network to deliver tailored services to acute leukemia patients and carers on the national level, while joining forces between organisations on the policy and research level across countries.

    The first ALAN Steering Committee consists of the following patient advocates:

    • Zack Pemberton-Whiteley, Chair (UK)
    • Sofia Sa Cardoso,Treasurer (Portugal)
    • Anita Waldmann (Germany)
    • Sophie Wintrich (UK)
    • Diego Villalón (Spain)
    • Jan Geissler (Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation representative) 

    Board of the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation

    The foundation's statutes mandate the foundation board only with supervisory and financial management roles, while its statutory committees, as listed above, are fully self-governed, autonomous initiatives. Projects are run by the committees, not by the foundation board. Formally, the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation is represented by the following trustees of the Foundation:

    • Jana Pelouchová (President, Czech Republic)
    • Jan Geißler (Vice President and Managing Director, Germany)
    • Giora Sharf (Treasurer, Israel)
    • Erik Aerts (Board Member, Switzerland)

    Management Team of the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation

    • Lidija Pecova - Programme Manager ()
    • Celia Marín - Programme Manager ()

    Registered Address & Contact Details

    We are purely patient-run, non-profit and public interest, and we have no legal department. Talking to each other first is always the best solution. If you see a challenge for whatever reason, please contact us directly - we are very confident any issue can be solved.

    Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation
    P.O.B. 453
    CH-3000 Bern 7
    Registration: Chamber of Commerce of canton Bern, Switzerland – CH-

    Written correspondence is preferred to be sent to the following address:

    LeukaNET e.V.
    Am Rothenanger 1b
    85521 Riemerling




  • Algeria: Philadelphia LMC


    Mailing/Postal Address:

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    Tef: 002132699100

    Fax: 0021337860227

    Web: http://lmcalgeria.blogspot.com



    Mr Khaldoun Wahid, Vice President


    Non-profit organization created in 2013 by and for CML patients what is the first and only CML patient’s association in Algeria.


    Our goals

    1-Patient’s support

    2-Patient’s advocacy

    3-Patient’s education

    4-Reach the maximum number of patients on a national scale: Make a national project

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  • ASCO CML Education Session 2017



    The 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting is taking place June 2–6 in Chicago.

    At the CML Education Session, CML expert Dr. Ehab Atallah, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been speaking during an Education Session about discontinuation of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) presenting about the "Promise of stopping TKIs: Is it ready for prime time"?

    Even though no new data was presented (see ASH 2016 Report), it has been very interesting to listen to the US perspective.




  • ASCO Dasatinib in pediatric CML patients report

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    The 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting were taking place June 2–6 in Chicago.

    At ASCO, Lia Gore, MD, co-director of the Hematological Malignancies Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, presented exciting data about Dasatinib in pediatric CML patients: CML in children is ultra-rare, making it very difficult to study - CML cases make up only 3% of all leukemias in children.

    The data presented here has been submitted to FDA and EMA for the approval in pediatric use, and is quite impressive: The side effect profile seems to be very favourable and the inhibition of bone growth in children on TKIs seems to be less of an issue in Dasatinib than in Imatinib

    However, given that administration of medicines in children and being adherent to therapy is often a challenge for young CML patients (and their parents), the availability of Dasatinib also as a powder-based suspension as well as the fact that the drug can be taken without or with food may make life much easier.

    The investigators concluded that Dasatinib may be considered as a new standard of care for pediatric CML patients. 

  • ASCO: US perspective of TKI therapy discontinuation in CML patients

    ASCO17 tki discontinuation posterThe 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting were taking place June 2–6 in Chicago and our cofounder Jan Geissler has collected all the highlights of this important meeting for chronic myeloid leukemia community.

    In the recent past, not only hematologists but also patient groups have expressed their concern that "stopping CML therapy out in the field" may lead to bad practice by doctors not following expert recommendations, and have suggested stopping TKI therapy should only be done in clinical trials.

    Of course, especially after NCCN has updated its CML guideline and has given guidance on stopping treatment despite the prematurity of data, we could expect that this would be largely ignored out in the field.

    So here is Jan Geissler's shock poster at #ASCO17: The high arts of CML therapy and the sad reality - we need to be grateful for investigators spelling it out so clearly. He is shocked, as his gut feeling about bad practice is now supported by data.

  • ASH 2016 update on stopping CML treatment with TKIs in deep molecular response

    American Society of Hematology logo.svg 1 Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) have dramatically improved survival of CML and made it a chronic disease. However, life-long therapy is still advised according to expert recommendations and the product labels of current TKI treatments. Depending on the choice of TKI, about 40-70% of CML patients reach a deep molecular response, meaning a BCR-ABL ratio of 0.01% (MR4) or below. Given it had been observed that some patients were able to stop treatment in deep remission without a recurrence of the disease, the effectiveness of stopping TKI treatment of CML patients at large having a sustained, deep molecular response is a key question that is being investigated in various studies, and is probably the most debated CML topic at this year’s ASH.

    We are summarizing the most important presentations, discussions and posters on that important topic at the ASH congress this year.

  • 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.

  • 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 https://www.eupati.eu/third-cycle-apply-now/


     Click on read more for Testimonial.

  • 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 clinicaltrials.gov 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.

  • CML Horizons 2017 - Save the date: 26-28 May 2017

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    Join us for the 15thCML Horizons: Learn. Share. Grow" Conference
    DATE: 26TH TO 28TH MAY 2017


    Equip yourself with knowledge on how to make a difference to the lives of patients, identify opportunities in patient support & advocacy, empower yourself & gain the courage to fight for the rights of CML patients, learn from the experts - both patient advocates and physicians. 

    This exciting one of its kind conference will enable you to be able to exchange ideas, interact & share best practice. You will also have the opportunity start networking across borders and build alliances and so much more for you to bring back to your own organization. 
    Registration process will start the 2nd week of January 2017 and will inform you as soon as the registration platform is online.

  • CML Horizons 2017 Registration Now Open - 26-28 May 2017



    Register here - Preliminary Program - Conference feeScholarship Application
    - Call for Abstracts - Call for Posters - Travel - Visas - Venue & Accommodation - Acknowledgements - Call for Nominations


    Registration is now open - Join us for the 15thCML Horizons: Learn. Share. Grow" Conference

    DATE: 26TH TO 28TH MAY 2017


    Equip yourself with knowledge on how to make a difference to the lives of patients, identify opportunities in patient support & advocacy, empower yourself & gain the courage to fight for the rights of CML patients, learn from the experts - both patient advocates and physicians. 

    This exciting one of its kind conference will enable you to be able to exchange ideas, interact & share best practice. You will also have the opportunity start networking across borders and build alliances and so much more for you to bring back to your own organization. 

    Register Now!



  • EuroBloodNet European Reference Network starts with the hematology European Patient Advocacy Group (ePAG) - and CML Advocates Network is in!

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    The EuroBloodNet European Reference Network,  covering rare haematological diseases,  has kicked off on 27 January 2017 in Paris with 66 partner organisations from 15 countries. The Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation, CML Advocates Network and CLLAdvocates Network are deeply involved in EuroBloodNet to make sure it delivers to patients' needs.

  • IMI Project "HARMONY - Big Data for Better Health Outcomes" launched, CML Advocates Network involved in coordinating patient community input

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    The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) has approved HARMONY, a 5-year project that aims to foster better access and care for patients with various hematologic malignancies (HM) with the use of big data. The project is made up of 51 partners from 11 European countries, including 7 pharmaceutical companies.

    We are very excited that CML Advocates Network will be contributing to this unique project. Jan Geissler is the Work Package leader that will be coordinating HARMONY's Stakeholder Forum and patient input of the haematology patient community into this project. The project will kick-off on 16 January 2017 in Salamanca, Spain.

  • Palestine: CML Palestine


    Mailing/Postal Address:

    Al Adel Street, Awqaf building , First Floor, Palestine


    Tel.: 00972599205019


    Web: www.cmlpalestine.org


    Jamal Hurani, founder of CML palestine and current chairman


    CMl palestine was established for the purpose of serving the CML patients and to raise the knowledge about CML within the community.

    The organization was registered recently and in the process of preparing initiatives


    The main objetives are:
    Providing help and advice for CML patients
    Distributing knowledge about CML
    Help in regards to drugs and lab tests provisions for patients
    Coordination with CML societies localy and internationaly
    Lobbying for the improvement of legislative environment regarding CML treatments

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  • Professor Tessa Holyoake Memorial


    Professor Tessa Holyoake Memorial - please post your tribute!


    The CML community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Tessa Holyoake.Prof Tessa Holyoake in lab

    Prof. Holyoake, was a world-leader on Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) achieving outstanding results in CML. Through her research she developed methods to purify the cells of leukaemia patients. Her most recent study analysed both CML and normal blood stem cells and the key to the survival of CML stem cells. The team led by Prof. Holyoake then developed a drug combination to simultaneously target these critical proteins and kill the CML stem cells.

    Last month Prof Holyoake was awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh Royal Medal by the Queen of Britain for recognition of her contribution to the field of Life Sciences by her discovery of the existence of cancer stem cells in CML and her development of a new therapy for this condition.Professor Tessa Holyoake with queen   

    Tell us your tribute to Tessa now!           

    Through this page, we ask you to express your sympathies, to communicate your condolences and testimonials including your memories, thoughts and prayers. With your heartfelt messages we will compose an International Memorial Book honouring our admired and brilliant Professor Tessa Holyoake. Prof Tessa was a brilliant scientist and clinician and she will be sorely missed.

    Please, post your tribute and/or memories in the left side also feel free to add any photos with your message. We will use your tributes and photos in a Memorial Book.

    If you have any questions or trouble, please feel free to email us at


    Images: www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk; www.twitter.com 

  • Senegal: A.G.I.L.


    Mailing/Postal Address:

    30 Avenue, Pasteur Dakar Senegal

    Tel.: 775201141

    Web: www.agil.comli.com



    Mr Abdoulayd Fofana


    This organization has for aim to help patients living with CML and GIST take help each other mentally  and psychologically.


    Support each other mentally and psychologically.
    Lobbying to have assistance from the government for the monitoring of the disease.
    Have access to the best care for this disease.
    Inform the population about this disease.
    Decrease the stjgmatization of the disease.

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  • Spain: Pacientes LMC


    Rambla del Celler, 55,

    08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès,

    Barcelona, Catalunya

    Tel.: 0034669004790

    Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LMCES/


    Toni Montserrat, Promoter and Coordinator.
    María José García, Promoter and first CML'er.
    Sandra Otero, Promoter.
    Cristina Carmona, Promoter.


    Interest group created as an on-line support platform for patients of CML and relatives, using other groups as a model with the aim to participate with the CML community.


    Defend the interests of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), both in front of the Administration and before the medical, pharmaceutical and other groups that may affect the objective itself.

    Support CML patients at all levels.

    Participate in initiatives for public recognition and awareness of the needs of CML patients.

    Working with the aim to become a member of FECEC and participate in the definition of the Quality of Life policies of Cancer chronic patients.

    Defend the rights of patients due to side effects of the disease itself or the medication in front of the Medical Courts, or by an adequate pharmaceutical prescription and not conditioned by economic issues.

    Collaborate with the Health Administrations in the elaboration of policies of social and medical support.

    Participate internationally in advocates entities of CML patients, being a stakeholder as an interest group and NGO.

    Code of conduct:

    Always be guided by objective criteria marked by CML patients and never by industry or other people's estates.

    To seek positive and useful results for the CML patient community, without seeking profit in any case.

    Registered in Registre de grups d’interès de l’Administració de la Generalitat i del seu sector públic (Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Justícia Direcció General de Dret i d'Entitats Jurídiques) with ID 1278 on January 10th 2017.



  • 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.

  • 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?

    To watch to video click here:


  • World CML Day 2017 Photo Gallery





    On 22 September 2017, the worldwide CML community again celebrates World CML Day under the motto

    "Today, Together". Today, together we are treated. Tomorrow we need cure!


    On this page we are publishing photos of World CML Day 2017 events submitted by members of the CML Advocates Network across all continents.





                                          THIS IS WORLD CML DAY 2017 PHOTO GALLERY


    World CML Day 2017
    Don´t forget to submit photos of YOUR event!

    For this, please send an e-mail to Celia Marín at  If the pictures you are sending exceed the maximum quota allowed, we suggest to use www.wetransfer.com

    Thank you in advance for sharing your photos!

    Enjoy #TodayTogether #WCMLDay17!