- Lymphoma refers to cancer of the lymph nodes and can arise in
various parts of the body
- It is a fairly common cancer affecting nearly a million persons
worldwide with 1000 new cases being diagnosed daily
- World Lymphoma Awareness day observed every year on the 15th
September hopes to raise awareness and educate the global population about
Why Do We Need A World
Lymphoma Awareness Day?
fairly common cancer and its incidence is rising. Unfortunately recent
international surveys show that knowledge and awareness about lymph nodes and
lymphoma are rather poor.
about lymphoma among the public will enable people around the world to better
recognize its signs and symptoms, and to seek prompt medical attention leading to
early diagnosis and timely management. Additionally, it would also empower
patients and their families to obtain specialist care and get access to latest
information on diagnosis and available treatments for lymphoma.
‘World Lymphoma Awareness Day – The Small Things Make The Biggest Difference’
Birth Of World
Lymphoma Awareness Day
World lymphoma awareness day (WLAD) began in 2004
and was initiated by the
Lymphoma Coalition on a global scale to educate the public about Non-Hodgkin's
and Hodgkin's lymphoma and the numerous (about 60) subtypes of lymphoma.
Theme For WLAD 2017 -
This year the World
Lymphoma Awareness Day focuses on specific
messages targeted towards
various audiences namely, patients and
their caregivers, health professionals as well as the general public
revolving around the central theme #EverythingChanges
- Patients and their families - When friends and family lend emotional support, extend a helping hand, or when the patients know the subtype of their lymphoma #EverythingChanges
- Health Professionals - When physicians make it a point to discuss the details of the lymphoma diagnosis including the subtype with the patient and his family #EverythingChanges
- The Public - When you are aware of the signs and symptoms of lymphoma and when you learn to pay attention to the little things and recognize subtle changes and seek prompt medical care #EverythingChanges
Separate posters with
specific messages for the different groups have been designed and widely shared
on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
The Light It Red For Lymphoma Campaign By The
Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research
Foundation (LRF) in its campaign to observe the Blood Cancer Awareness Month
(September) and the WLAD on 15th
September encourages individuals,
and businesses to shed a light on lymphoma to educate the public as well as
offer hope to persons suffering from this disease.
Some of the ways of
participating in the Light It Red (LIR)
for Lymphoma Campaign
include the following
Focus On Lymphoma
- Decorating your workplace, store, building, or office with red colored lights, ribbons, or balloons
- Wearing a red dress on WLAD and sharing it on social media with #LightItRed
- Promote and inform friends on social media about activity and events nearby with the #LightItRed
- Download the LIR selfie sign and post your selfie on the social media with #LightItRed
- Share lymphoma facts and figures on social media
- Attend and support fund raising events to raise funds for lymphoma research
- Organize a fund raising event in your community with a red themed dish or item and donate the proceeds for lymphoma research
is the first mobile application developed by the LRF
patients and caregivers exhaustive information about their lymphoma subtype and
latest tools available for diagnosis and treatment modalities. The app also
allows users to record doctor visits, manage medications, keep track of blood
test and other results as well as document treatment and side effects if any.
Key Facts About
- Lymphoma is a cancer involving the
lymph nodes, which form a part of the immune system of the body.
- The 2 major types of lymphoma are
the Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
(NHL) and the Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL), with 90 percent of
lymphomas of the NHL type.
- The treatment of the two types of
lymphomas and the various subtypes included within them varies widely
making the subtyping of lymphoma important to treatment.
- Symptoms of lymphoma may include painless enlargement of lymph nodes,
fever, drenching sweats (mostly at night), weight loss, chronic tiredness
and itching (pruritis). It is important to immediately seek medical
attention if any of these are present.
- A diagnosis of lymphoma is made
after performing blood tests and imaging tests and by obtaining a biopsy
of the enlarged node for histopathological examination to confirm the
diagnosis and the subtype.
- The various forms of treatment for
lymphoma include chemotherapy,
radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and surgery.
- The 5 year survival rate for all
Hodgkin lymphoma subtypes in the US is 85 per cent, while for non-Hodgkin
lymphomas it is 69 per cent. The prognosis depends on the subtype with
some forms being curable. However, with
treatment, patient survival is prolonged in most cases.
- World Lymphoma Awareness Day - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Lymphoma_Awareness_Day#WLAD_Campaigns)
- World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2017 -
- How You Can Light it Red for Lymphoma -