Now what?

Each year, about 1 million people are told they have some form of cancer. Like others with cancer, you have questions to ask and decisions to make. You have been diagnosed with a serious illness. But your life continues to have meaning and purpose. It may help to know that many people with cancer survive, live many years of good quality life, and continue to (or learn to) live their lives to the fullest.

But most people have very similar questions when they are first diagnosed.

1. Do I tell others I have cancer? Who do I tell and how?

Canadian Wrestler Piper Diagnosed with Lymphoma

Legendary Canadian WWE wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper has been diagnosed with lymphoma and will begin treatment to fight the disease immediately. The 52-year-old, who starred in director John Carpenter's 1988 movie They Live, posted a statement on his website November 27th confirming that doctors found a cancerous tumour on a disc in his spine.

Piper writes: "It seems like I have been fighting someone, something, someplace, in some manner, my whole life. But this fight is one I am gonna win!"

Lymphoma of the Eye - rates increasing

Reuters Health reports that from 1975 to 2001, a rapid and steady rise in the rate of ocular non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) occurred, and there is still no evidence the disease has peaked, according to a new report.

The findings, which appear in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute for July 5 (J Natl Cancer Inst 2006;98:936-939), are based on analysis of data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program.

Hodgkin's Lymphoma Type and Remission Prognosis

Regional differences in the survival of Hodgkin's Lymphoma (disease) can be partially explained by the type of Hodgkin's, according to a new population level study. The July 15, 2006 issue of CANCER, journal of the American Cancer Society, the study reveals that while nodular sclerosis Hodgkin's was much more common in the United States than Europe, there was significant Hodgkin's variability across Europe. Furthermore, Hodgkin's type (or morphology) accounted for differences between the U.S. and most of Europe, except Eastern Europe.

Gene Expression Profiling Can Accurately Diagnose Burkitt’s Lymphoma

Gene expression profiling, a molecular technique that analyzes many genes simultaneously, can accurately distinguish between two types of immune cell tumors — Burkitt’s lymphoma and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) — according to a team of researchers. Burkitt’s lymphoma and DLBCL cells appear similar when viewed under a microscope but correct diagnosis is critical because each cancer requires very different treatments. Study results appear in the June 8, 2006, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Lymphoma and the Collision Repair Industry

Many people, both in the medical professions and ordinary folks wonder what causes lymphoma. As lymphoma is actually over thirty different types of cancer, there are likely multiple answers.

News Anchor, Pregnant When Diagnosed with NHL, Reaches Remission

Michelle Kingsfield, nightly news anchorwoman for WRGT and WKEF television news in Dayton, Ohio was given the good news this week that she is in remission from stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

She returned from a CAT scan and complete checkup on Thursday and has been informed by her medical specialists that she remains in remission, and her chances of a recurrence of the Non-Hodgkins lymphoma are minimal. "It is amazing. I am feeling better every day," she said.

TNT Sports Johnson Reveals Diagnosis of Follicular Lymphoma

US TNT television host Ernie Johnson revealed Wednesday that a swollen lymph node under his ear is the result of a follicular non-hodgkin's lymphoma.

Johnson says "Two and a half years ago, in August of 2003, I was diagnosed with follicular Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This is a low-grade and treatable cancer -- not as aggressive as some other forms...The only reason I'm bringing my condition to your attention now is because the swelling of a lymph node near my left ear has become noticeable to viewers of TNT and there have been questions asked."

Leukemia Risk after Hodgkin's Lymphoma Reduced in Recent Decades

The risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) has decreased over the last three decades. In the early 1980s, the chemotherapy regimen changed in a way that may have influenced the development of secondary AML in HL survivors, a new study reports.

Facing Hodgkin's a Third Time

Yesterday I read a wonderful story by Bonnie Clark in the Journal&Gazette/Times-Courier out of east-central Illinois.

Felicia Weemer-Duzan is fighting Hodgkin's lymphoma - for the third time. She's had chemo twice and one stem cell transplant. She's preparing for a second transplant soon.

The 21 year old wears lime-green clothes and people around her have lime-green ribbons to raise lymphoma awareness.