15th SEPTEMBER: WORLD LYMPHOMA DAY
Every year around 6000 people are diagnosed with lymphoma in Spain. There are more than 60 types of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and only 50% are curable.
What is lymphoma?
The lymphomas are a group of cancerous diseases that develop in the lymph system. The lymphomas are often known as solid tumors in order to differentiate them from leukaemia. They are produced due to the neo-plastic proliferation of cells in the lymphoid tissue.
The lymphoid tissue is found fundamentally in the lymph glands, which is why lymphoma is generally characterized by the presence of swollen lymph glands. However, there are lymphoid cells in many more organs which means that lymphoma can affect the digestive tube, the spleen, the liver, the lungs, the bone marrow, etc.
Traditionally the lymphomas are classified in two main groups: Hodgkins Lymphoma (HL), and non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL).
Dr. José Tomás Navarro, hematologist at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in Barcelona and specialist in lymphomas, explained to us that "The aggressive lymphomas develop very quickly but they are more receptive to treatment. The more indolent lymphomas develop more slowly but are harder to treat. For example, follicular lymphoma is only successful cured in 15% of cases. Research is crucial to find more tools in order to reach a definitive cure. Another example is mantle cell lymphoma, the current treatments do not work well and the patients do not respond successfully to chemotherapy. The answer lies in personalized treatments".
With very little you can do a lot. Help us to invest more resources into scientific research to advance our fight in the fight against lymphomas. A lot of small donations can make substantial change.