The little people know about lymphoma makes it difficult to diagnose and treat. In order to raise awareness about it, World Lymphoma Awareness Day is held each year on September 15.
According to the Spanish Association for Lymphoma, Leukemia and Myeloma Patients (AEAL, Spanish acronym), lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic tissues, which is where white blood cells are found. Lymphoma weakens the immune system, leaving the body vulnerable.
The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). “Knowing what type of lymphoma you have is important because it affects your treatment options and prognosis,” the association stresses.
While this disease is not the only one with these symptoms, it is important to be aware of them and, if they continue over time, it is time to see a medical professional. Some of these warning signs are growths in the regions where lymph nodes are located such as the neck, armpits, abdomen, groin and chest as well as unexplained weight loss, night sweats, fever, persistent weakness and a cough or chest pain.
When treated on time, this cancer subtype is among those with the highest survival rates. The key is in recognizing symptoms in order to get an early diagnosis and timely treatment.
7 of 10 people never hear about this condition until they are diagnosed, according to the 2014 Global Patient Survey report.