The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey to Host Free Educational Mini-Workshops Including 'Treatment Updates: What You Should Know About Hydroxyurea'
Friday, March 8, 2013 • 7:35am
The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey is hosting a breakfast series of mini-workshops related to sickle cell disease on Thursdays March, 14, 21 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair.
On Thursday, March 28, the series will conclude with “Treatment Updates: What You Should Know About Hydroxyurea.” This free workshop features guest speaker, Dr. Jill Menell, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson. She will present an overview of hydroxyurea as a treatment for sickle cell disease and will answer audience questions. Hydroxyurea is a major advance in the treatment of sickle cell disease that has been shown to help reduce the frequency of pain and acute chest syndrome episodes. Yet only a fraction of people who might benefit from it have received treatment, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The March 28 workshop will also include a proclamation issued from US Senator Lautenberg, acknowledging the late Frances Thompson-Walton’s role in New Jersey’s sickle cell history as part of Women’s History Month. Walton founded Action for Sickle Cell Anemia, Inc., of Hudson County in 1971 and served as its president until 1994. A scholarship has been established in her honor by the SCANJ.
The breakfast series mini-workshops are an opportunity to learn more about sickle cell disease and services available through the SCANJ and other agencies.
All are welcome to attend. These workshops are helpful for people with sickle cell disease, family members, caregivers, healthcare professionals and anyone interested in understanding more about sickle cell disease.
Breakfast will be served. To register for these free workshops, or for more information visit www.scanj.eventbrite.com or call 972 482-9070.