All About World Lymphoma Awareness Day
Lymphoma is a disease that has a horrible effect on patients, but it sometimes goes undiscussed in terms of cancers. World Lymphoma Awareness Day, September 15th, 2017, is seeking to change that.
Read on to find out how to prepare, how to help, and how to help detect lymphoma early in order to maximize treatment and recovery.
Lymphoma is a disease that has disastrous effects on patients. But many a times, this condition is overlooked in the conversation about cancer. So, on September 15th, 2017, World Lymphoma Awareness Day is celebrated. On this day, friends and members of the Lymphoma Coalition come together to unite the lymphoma community by sharing information about how even the smallest of gestures can make a huge difference. Various organizations try to spread mass information with the help of social media networks. The information mostly consists of various symptoms of the disease, survivors’ stories, and offerings of care and support for those who need it, all in the hopes of increasing awareness of the disease to better combat it. Below are a few of the goals of World Lymphoma Awareness Day:
- Try to create awareness on a global level about this medical condition, its effects, the different types, the treatment options available, and ways to support those suffering from the disease.
- Empower the Lymphoma Coalition in a global marketing effort, which would further state what the organization is up to and how they can help affected individuals.
- Create a global branding campaign, which would provide detailed information to the general public, patients, and medical professionals.
There are certain key audiences whom this organization is trying to reach out to: the general public, healthcare professionals, and patients. Those suffering from lymphoma have to be aware of the important information regarding this medical condition, and the same goes for their family and friends. The more information one gathers, the more it will help the patient’s social circle to provide ample support to them. In the case of healthcare professionals, the information would help them to interact with the patient more efficiently and thus make a major difference in their recovery process. Doctors should take the time to speak to their patients about various aspects of the disease as well as what would be the correct method of treatment for them. The goal of the Lymphoma Coalition is to find and implement new ways to educate the public on the symptoms associated with this disease so that patients can visit the doctor early on and get the condition diagnosed in time. There are certain symptoms an individual should be aware of and not take lightly, such as pain in the abdomen spread out over a number of days, which is a serious one; fever and chills that occur often in the body; and swelling of the lymph nodes, all of which can be termed as some of the primary signs of this disease. Most of the time, they are painless, although the patient can wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, and they can recur at any time. There is also a lack of energy in the patient, leading to cases of fatigue; there are changes in appetite, most often leading to a serious loss of appetite and thus loss of weight as well; and pain in the bones or the back.