In August, we've been talking all about Lymphoma (did you see the new release?) & our partner for the month, Lymphoma Research Foundation. This week we're talking about what exactly Lymphoma is, who can get it, how to treat it and how to prevent it. Plus, a bonus interview with Uchenna Esomonu of the Lymphoma Research Foundation- a must watch!
What is lymphoma
Lymphoma is the most common type of blood cancer. There are 20 types of lymphoma, including Hodgkin's Lymphoma & Leukemia. Lymphoma affects white blood cells, called lymphocytes, which are present in the blood to defend against bacterias and viruses. When someone has lymphoma, it's because these lymphocytes are developing abnormally by either multiplying faster or staying in the bloodstream longer than normal lymphocytes. These cancerous lymphocytes can travel through the bloodstream to the rest of the body and can even start growing in the lymph nodes, bone marrow and organs.
Over 100,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with a form of lymphoma this year.
Signs & Symptoms
Usually people with lymphoma experience cold or flu like symptoms that won't go away. You should also watch for:
- Swelling of lymph nodes, which may or may not be painless
- Unexplained weight loss
- Sweating (often at night)
- Lack of energy
These symptoms do not always point to lymphoma, but it's important for you to get checked by a doctor if you're experiencing them. For more information, click here.
Who is at risk
Unfortunately, anyone can get lymphoma, even children. But it is most common in the older population of 60 years and over. The good news is that it's a rare cancer.
Treatment & Prevention
Your treatment will depend on the type of lymphoma you have. There are a variety of methods used to fight this cancer; chemotherapy, immunotherapy, bone marrow transplant, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, stem cell transplantation, and more. You will come up with a specialized treatment plan with your doctor. If you're interested in more information, reach out to the LRF Helpline.
The good news is that most people who undergo treatment for lymphoma, go on to live healthy, normal lives. The best thing you can do to prevent lymphoma is to pay attention to your body and get regular check ups with your doctor.
I had the privilege of interviewing Uchenna Esomonu, the Support Services Coordinator and member of Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Helpline Team. She had some wonderful insight and helpful information for anyone currently fighting lymphoma & anyone who is interested in helping or getting involved. Take a look by clicking below to watch on Instagram!
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I sat down with Uchenna from @lymphomacommunity to talk about everything that has to do with lymphoma & LRF 💚 She shares some amazing tips & resources for the lymphoma community! #lymphoma #lymphomasurvivor #lymphomaawareness #lymphomawarrior #lymphomacancer #lymphomasucks #lymphomaclub #lymphomafamily
How to Get Involved
The best way to get involved today is to check out our Support Lymphoma Research Collection. When you purchase a piece from this collection, 10% is donated to LRF so they can continue to fund their research programs and world class patient support.
You can also check out the LRF website to donate directly, here.
I hope you learned a lot about what lymphoma is, who can get it and what to do if you think you might have it. If you know someone who has lymphoma or might have it, please share this article with them.
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