Donate to Lymphoma Research, Patient Care and Education
Lymphomas are cancers that target the white blood cells of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the body’s larger immune system. This system contains hundreds of lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels that link to the lymph nodes. Lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes become abnormal and multiply, resulting in more abnormal cells. Northwestern Medicine has administered advanced lymphoma treatment and continues to innovate treatment, thanks to generous donations from Northwestern Memorial Foundation donors.
There are two main forms of lymphoma:
- Hodgkin lymphoma: generally begins in the chest or neck lymph node (although it can spread to other lymph nodes) and is generally curable
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: can begin anywhere in the body and is more likely than Hodgkin to spread throughout the body. The different forms of non-hodgkin are many; the prognosis is different with each case
Diagnosing lymphoma can be puzzling, since many of the symptoms mimic those of other illnesses. To complicate matters further, both Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma share many of the same symptoms including:
- Swelling or a lump (often painless) under the arms, or in the neck or groin areas.
- Constant fever
- Itchy skin
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Heavy night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- Constant coughing
- Weakness and fatigue
- Pain in the lymph nodes after drinking, or noticing the effect of alcohol more than usual.
Patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma also may experience belly pain or bloating, and possibly a skin rash. With symptoms closely mirroring other illnesses, any onset of symptoms should be followed by a visit to your physician. Early detection is critical when dealing with cancers. Donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation helps our scientists develop methods for patients with lymphoma to alleviate their symptoms.
There is no known cause for lymphoma, but certain risk factors make you more likely to develop both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with lymphoma, and older people are at great risk. Additionally, exposure to autoimmune diseases like HIV and Epstein-Barr virus may increase your risk for developing lymphoma. A family history also plays a role in Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis.
Your Northwestern Medicine physician will run the diagnostic tests that are, including blood tests, lymph node biopsy or removal, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, and a lumbar puncture to collect spinal fluid to determine the proper diagnosis.
Treatment for lymphoma depends on your age, type and extent of disease, overall health and your tolerance for therapies. Northwestern Medicine offers a range of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and transplants. Northwestern Medicine conducts leading-edge clinical trials and is home to a diverse team of palliative medicine specialists for advanced care.
Lymphoma Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Every dollar helps in the fight against lymphoma. Northwestern Medicine is leading the charge against the disease with every donation contributing towards the furthering of research and treatment options. Lymphoma is a disease that can strike anyone at anytime and require custom treatment plans. Your donation goes to benefit all patients with lymphoma and their loved ones.