September 15 is World Lymphoma Awareness Day. This celebration was started in 2002, this day aims to increase awareness about this disease. Together with the lymphoma community, we at Doral Health and Wellness, are one with you in celebrating this day. Together, let us get to know more lymphoma, its symptoms, causes and treatments.
Lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells, these are the infection-fighting cells of the immune system called lymphocytes. These are cells are found in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, as well as other organs throughout the body. Lymphoma has a huge scope of diseases with over 80 different types, but only two main subtypes.
There are many types of lymphoma, but the main subtypes are:
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma – Hodgkin’s lymphoma is formerly known as Hodgkin’s disease, this usually begins in a type of B cells that is found in the bone marrow. This type of cancer is considered as one of the most curable forms of cancer if diagnosed and treated early.
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – this is the most common type of lymphoma and tends to develop in older adults. This type of cancer usually starts in the cells that are part of your immune system.
You might have some of these symptoms when you have lymphoma, they include:
- Swollen glands, most often in the neck, armpit, and groins, that are painless
- Fatigue and night sweats
- Cough and shortness of breath
- Unexplained weight loss
Many of these symptoms are also warning signs of other illnesses and diseases. It is best that you see a Doral doctor to be sure of your diagnosis.
In most cases, there are no known causes of lymphoma. And you are more at risk if you are:
- In your 60s (for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma)
- Have a weak immune system or born with an immune disease, HIV/AIDS, or had an organ transplant
- Have immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, celiac disease or lupus
- Have been treated previously for cancer
Your treatment will depend on the type of lymphoma that you have. The main treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma includes:
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
While treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma includes:
- Radiation therapy
If these treatments don’t work for you, you might need a stem cell transplant. At first, you will be given high doses of chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells, although it will also kill cells in your bone marrow that creates new blood cells. After your chemo session, you will be getting the stem cell transplant to replace the cells that were destroyed.
Throughout the world, lots or organizations are providing seminars, fundraising activities and more to help provide information about the growing cases of lymphoma. You can support these causes by joining these fundraisers for someone fighting lymphoma. You can also visit clinics that offers informational sessions about lymphoma.
Get yourselves checked by your Doral primary care providers. Please visit Doral Health and Wellness for more information. To book an appointment, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York or call us at 718-DORAL-55.