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Equal Opportunity Diseases

Leukemia and lymphoma are equal opportunity diseases, striking children and adults alike. Leukemia is the most common cancer in children younger than 15, while both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas can occur in children and adults.

Leukemia starts in the tissue that forms blood. Most blood cells develop from bone marrow cells called stem cells. In a victim of this disease, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells (leukemia cells). Unlike normal blood cells, leukemia cells outlive them. By not dying when they should, they can crowd out normal white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. All this produces a strain on normal blood cells.

Four Types

There are four types of leukemia:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which affects myeloid cells and grows quickly
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), which affects lymphoid cells and grows slowly
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which affects lymphoid cells and grows quickly
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), which affects myeloid cells and usually grows slowly at first.

ALL is the most common in children, while AML and CLL are the most common types in adults. 

Lymphomas begin in cells of the lymph system, which is part of the immune system. Since lymph tissue is found throughout the body, lymphoma can begin almost anywhere. There are two basic categories. The first is Hodgkin lymphoma, usually marked by the presence of a type of cell called the Reed-Stenberg cell in the lymph nodes. The other is non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which includes a large, diverse group of cancer in immune system cells.

Talk with Your Doctor

Go get checked. Talk with your primary care provider about screening tests that can detect any potential problems. Also, if you have a loved one or friend who is suffering from leukemia or lymphoma, consider organizing an event or fundraiser to help attack these dreaded diseases.

You may also want to consider donating to our Good Samaritan Cancer Fund, which helps patients who are struggling to pay for their medication, transportation to appointments, hotel stays for long visits, and other costs.

Get Involved

The Edwards Cancer Institute and MHN Foundations are proud to announce the return of Path to the Cure, a 5K and family fun day benefiting Tri-state area cancer patients.

Path to the Cure is a 5K Walk/Run for everyone, but it is more than just a 5K — it is a day to encourage, support, honor, and celebrate the strength of cancer warriors in our community. Families, teams, and individuals are welcome!

Join Us in Helping to Continue the Fight Against Leukemia & Lymphoma

Good Samaritan Fund