Author Archives: Emily Malcolm, PhD

I Just Received a CAD Diagnosis, Now What?

The process of getting a diagnosis for cold agglutinin disease (CAD) may be lengthy and frustrating. Often, multiple laboratory tests are required, and each negative test can make you feel like you’re constantly starting over when you’re trying to figure out what’s wrong. Once you receive a…

Cold Agglutinin Disease Clinical Trials

Patients with rare conditions like cold agglutinin disease (CAD) can help with the development of new treatments by participating in clinical trials. This is also a way for patients to get access to new medications in development that are not otherwise available. What are clinical trials? Clinical trials are…

Heart Surgery in Cold Agglutinin Disease

Cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a rare disorder in which the body mistakenly produces antibodies against its own red blood cells. In colder temperatures, these antibodies bind to the red blood cells and target them for destruction. CAD can cause a problem for heart surgery patients. That’s why…