Leukemia and Lymphoma

Cancer that Effects Peoples Lives

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a cancer that effects the blood or bone marrow. People who suffer from Leukemia will have an abnormal growth of blood cells - generally the white blood cells. There are two types of Leukemia, Chronic Leukemia and Acute Leukemia. Acute Leukemia progresses much quicker than Chronic Leukemia, in other words, Acute Leukemia crowds out the good cells in a much quicker fashion than Chronic Leukemia.

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) is much more common than children than adults, although adults can get it - especially those over the age of 65. Over the past 5 years, 85% of children survived, and 50% of adults.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is not typically seen in children, but more often seen in adults over the age of 55. Over 60% of Chronic Leukemia patients were men. Over the past 5 years 75% of people who had CLL survived. Experts say that CLL is incurable. For more information about Leukemia click here.

Lymphoma

What is Lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in immune system cells called lymphocytes. Like any other cancer, Lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes are in a state of uncontrolled growth and multiplication.

There are two types of lymphoma, Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). The differences between the two are microscopic. In the U.S. some 7,000 are diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma each year, some 54,000 are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma each year. Lymphoma is the common cancer in the United States.

Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL) develops from a specific abnormal lineage of B cells.There are five subtypes of HL.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma may derive from either abnormal B or T cells, and its 30 subtypes are distinguished by unique genetic markers. For more information about Lymphoma, click here.