Step Out the Door Against Cancer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The theme for this virtual race was inspired by the following quote which is displayed on the ribbon:
This virtual race benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Team in Training. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Leukemia begins in a cell in the bone marrow. The cell undergoes a change and becomes a type of leukemia cell. Once the marrow cell undergoes a leukemic change, the leukemia cells may grow and survive better than normal cells. Over time, the leukemia cells crowd out or suppress the development of normal cells. The rate at which leukemia progresses and how the cells replace the normal blood and marrow cells are different with each type of leukemia.
Hodgkin lymphoma has characteristics that distinguish it from other diseases classified as lymphoma, including the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells. These are large, cancerous cells found in Hodgkin lymphoma tissues, named for the scientists who first identified them. Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most curable forms of cancer.
Non Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) represents a diverse group of diseases distinguished by the characteristics of the cancer cells associated with each disease type. Most people with NHL have a B-cell type of NHL (about 85 percent). The others have a T-cell type or an NK-cell type of lymphoma. Some patients with fast-growing NHL can be cured. For patients with slow-growing NHL, treatment may keep the disease in check for many years.
Myeloma is a type of cancer that begins in the bone marrow. It affects the plasma cells. It belongs to a spectrum of disorders referred to as “plasma cell dyscrasia.”
Has several forms:
• Multiple myeloma is most common: More than 90 percent of people with myeloma have this type. Multiple myeloma affects several different areas of the body.
• Plasmacytoma – only one site of myeloma cells evident in the body, such as in the bone, skin, muscle, or lung.
• Localized myeloma – a few neighboring sites evident.
• Extramedullary myeloma – involvement of tissue other than bone marrow, such as skin, muscles or lungs.
Doctors divide myeloma into groups that describe how rapidly or slowly the disease is progressing:
• Asymptomatic or smoldering myeloma progresses slowly and has no symptoms even though the patient has the disease.
• Symptomatic myeloma has related symptoms such as anemia, kidney damage and bone disease.