WHAT IS LYMPHOMA?
Lymphoma is a lymphatic system’s cancer, lymphatic system is a part of the body’s germ-fighting network. It plays a vital role in the body’s immune defenses.
The lymphatic system includes:
- lymph nodes
- thymus gland
- bone marrow
Lymphoma can affect all those areas as other organs in the body.
What are the causes of Lymphoma?
Lymphoma can develop when lymphocytes grow out of control. This is caused by genetic changes in the cells that means the cells no longer respond to the signals that control their growth and death.
- ongoing fever without infection
- night sweats, fever, and chills
- reduced appetite
- lost in appetite
- unusual itching
- lack of energy
- after drinking alcohol pain in lymph nodes
- persistent coughing
- shortness of breath
- swelling in the abdomen
The main types of Lymphoma are:
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- CLL (Chronic lymphocytic leukemia) and SLL (small lymphocytic lymphoma)
Lymphoma is a life-threatening disease. Research says one million people worldwide survive with lymphoma and nearly 1,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every day but there is lack of awareness of the signs and symptoms of lymphoma.
World Lymphoma Awareness Day is celebrated on the 15th of September. Every year, we bring together patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and the ones affected by lymphoma to spread awareness of cancers of the lymphatic system.