The incidence of lymphoma , a type of cancer begins on the cells of the lymphatic system , continues to grow between the Spanish men and women. According to data from REDECAN (Spanish Network of Cancer Registries), in the year 2019 it is estimated to be diagnosed in a total of 9.082 new cases only of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which implies a c rowth of 16.2% compared to last year, when we recorded 7.811 cases. "The increase in life expectancy will make the cases of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma to grow 34% in patients older than 65 years in the next 15 years," says dr. Mariano Provencio, head of the Oncology Service of the Hospital Puerta de Hierro and president of the Oncology Group for the Treatment and Study of Lymphomas (Gotel).
in Addition, from Gotel demand the expertise of professionals in the circuits of Primary Care to advance the diagnosis early, since 80% of patients with follicular Lymphoma (subtype of Lymphoma) are detected in very advanced stages. "It is a disease with high rates of survival , but we need to continue moving a greater awareness of the disease in order to advance in the early diagnosis," explains dr. Mariano Provencio.
For all this, with the occasion of the celebration of the World Day of Lymphoma , the Spanish Association of people Affected by Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukemia (AEAL) and the Oncology Group for the Treatment and Study of Lymphomas (Gotel) have joined forces to give greater visibility to this disease and remember the importance of knowing your symptoms to facilitate diagnosis.
The symptoms that comes tied to this cancer hematologic happens, on many occasions, unobtrusive . Often patients with lymphoma exposed to the psicooncólogos of AEAL that they feel misunderstood by society and by their surroundings. Your cancer is not visible to the naked eye and although it seems that you are well, the reality is that they do not feel well.
For that reason, under the motto "What the eye does see", AEAL aims to be the voice of these patients with hematologic cancers through an initiative that highlights its symptoms and the seeking to get that the society is aware of them, recognize them and view them.
The symptoms may vary depending on the type of lymphoma , of the area of the body being more affected and the speed of growth that has, being the most common:
-night Sweats abundant.
-Fever and chills, intermittent.
-Inflammation of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, groin, etc
-Cough or difficulty breathing.
-abdominal pain or Swelling.
"Among the new therapies highlighted the emergence of immunotherapy with lymphocytes CAR T cell in the Lymphomas B Aggressive and the anti PD1 in Hodgkin Lymphoma," explains dr. Mariano Provencio.
In this context, the president of Gotel also highlights the positive consequences of the personalized medicine , a new form of treatment that is being carried out thanks to the better molecular understanding of each subtype of Lymphoma.
"in Addition to the own cancer treatments, there are many other aspects that you understand the process cancer and that we care about patients and our families. The side effects of treatments, labour problems, lack of psychological and social support or the lack of equity in the treatments are just a few examples of this. It is imperative to have all the necessary information, from diagnosis to remission," recalls Begoña Barragán, president of AEAL.Updated Date: 15 September 2019, 03:00