When It Comes to a Lymphoma Diagnosis, One Size Does Not Fit All

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — While general awareness of lymphoma remains high, a new survey released today by the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) reveals significant knowledge gaps among Americans about the disease, which is the most prevalent form of blood cancer in the United States. Survey results showed a high number of adults (86 percent) remain unaware that there are 67 different types of lymphoma – 61 types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and six types of Hodgkin lymphoma. The national survey was commissioned by LRF to demonstrate the need for greater awareness and understanding of lymphomas during September, Lymphoma Awareness Month.

“Lymphoma is not one disease, but a diverse group of diseases,” said Bruce Cheson, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine, Head of Hematology, and Director of Hematology Research at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital. “Fortunately, over the past few decades significant progress has been made in understanding how to distinguish among the many types of lymphoma, not only by how they look under the microscope, but by how they behave clinically, how they respond to treatment, and how patients with them survive. This distinction is important for patients, family members, and the blood cancer community – because knowing your type of lymphoma will eventually lead to personalized treatment which will be more effective and less toxic than the treatments currently available for patients,” he continued. Dr. Cheson also serves as Chair of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board.

Get more survey results by going to: Results from a new national survey show 85 percent of U.S. adults are unaware there are 67 types of lymphoma.

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