Since September was Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month, it is still an appropriate opportunity to learn more about these cancers. Both leukemia and lymphoma are blood cancers. Leukemia affects the blood and bone marrow, while lymphoma affects the lymphatic system (which aids the immune system, removes excess fluid, waste, debris, dead blood cells and toxins from the body and works with the circulatory system to deliver nutrients, oxygen, and hormones).
According to the American Cancer Society, leukemia is the most common cancer in adolescents and children, although childhood cancer itself is rare. Approximately 3 out of 4 children and teens with leukemia suffer from acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).
There are four types of leukemia that can affect people of all ages, although ALL is most common in child leukemia cases:
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML);
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL);
- Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML); and
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 44,600 new cases of leukemia and 21,780 deaths from leukemia in 2011.
Lymphoma is a term used to describe two general groups of cancers: Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). NHL accounts for approximately four percent of all cancers and is one of the most common in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately 19,320 people are expected to die from this disease in 2011.
As with any cancer, a patient’s chances for survival are greatly dependent upon early diagnosis and timely effective treatment. If you or a loved one suffers from cancer that was not diagnosed or that was diagnosed at a later stage, you may have cause for legal action. Contact the experienced delayed cancer diagnosis attorneys in New Jersey at Blume Forte to discuss the potential validity of your claim at (973) 635-5400.