AZCC physicians to participate in lymphoma forum

AZCC physicians to participate in lymphoma forum

Arizona Cancer Center physicians Margaret Miller, MD, and Thomas Miller, MD, will participate in the 15th annual North American Educational Forum on Lymphoma in San Francisco Sept. 24-26.

Dr. Margaret Miller, director of infusion therapy services at the Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic, will discuss “The Chemotherapy Infusion Experience” during the “living with lymphoma” breakout session.

“This session will inform lymphoma patients and their families, and hopefully allay fears, concerning the actual infusion of chemotherapy,” said Dr. Miller, who herself was on the receiving end of aggressive chemotherapy 18 years ago. “I think I am in a unique position to address concerns about chemotherapy treatments.

“I’ll talk about some basic concepts of chemotherapy, how to prepare to receive chemotherapy, the need for intravenous administration and pre-meds. I plan to discuss infusion reactions and how they are handled. I will also try to dispel some common ‘myths’ about chemotherapy,” she said.

Dr. Thomas Miller, director of the Arizona Cancer Center’s lymphoma program and co-principal investigator of the center’s Lymphoma Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant, will discuss aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a breakout session focusing on new therapies under investigation.

“I will be discussing the most common type of aggressive lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell,” he said. His presentation will leave plenty of time for questions. “Patients have questions and getting them answered are their priority. They usually want to know: Why me? Where did it come from? What are my chances? What’s new,” he said.

The North American Educational Forum on Lymphoma is sponsored by the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF), a non-profit organization that advocates for lymphoma patients through educational events and by supporting research. Dr. Thomas Miller is on the foundation’s Scientific Board of Directors, along with Lisa Rimsza, MD, also from the Arizona Cancer Center.

The Millers are participating in the forum because “we know and understand that in today’s rush for volume of patients, very few have had any time to ask questions. The LRF is a dedicated group of people who really care about the educational mission,” Dr. Thomas Miller said.

“We are pleased to have Drs. Margaret and Thomas Miller take on these important speaking roles,” said Brian Tomlinson, LRF Director of Programs and Services. “Dr. Thomas Miller has generously given of his time to the Foundation for many years, and this year’s Forum attendees will benefit from his expertise and presentation style. This is the first time the Foundation is offering Dr. Margaret Miller’s session and we are very grateful to her for agreeing to develop and deliver this presentation to our attendees.”

Members of the lymphoma community are invited to learn more about the Forum or register to attend by visiting the LRF website.