MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Lymphoma Canada releases
its 2013 Lymphoma Report Card, revealing the needs of lymphoma
survivors and over 8,800 men and women that are diagnosed with the
disease each year.
The report card is a result of the 2012 Patient Survey that was led by
Lymphoma Canada with the support of OncoMed Inc. Lymphoma patients
representing 10 provinces from different stages of their lymphoma
experience participated in the online survey.
"Lymphoma Canada is here to help lymphoma patients, survivors, families,
and caregivers to navigate more powerfully through their lymphoma
experience. And the best way to do that is to find out where the gaps
are so we can provide the education and support they need," says Sue
Robson, Executive Director, Lymphoma Canada.
The results released today identify that patients are seeking more
information from lymphoma experts, a description of current lymphoma
standards of care, and overall access to a wider variety of information
so they can be empowered to be champions of their own health.
"The best advice I could give anyone is to be a champion for yourself.
Really learn to listen to your body. You have the right to ask for
second opinions; you are in charge," says Amy Maraone, Pulmonary
Hodgkin lymphoma survivor. "You have to take control of your health
and ensure that you're getting the best possible care."
Lymphoma Canada is dedicated to improving patient education and support
throughout Canada so that no one has to face lymphoma alone. The
development of a Patient Support Strategy and access to online Google+
Hangout, webinars and videos are among two of the current initiatives
being taken as a result of the survey.
"It doesn't stop here. This survey will serve as a baseline as we
conduct new surveys every two years. We want to ensure that we are
continuing to learn and make improvements," says Robson.
For full version of the 2013 Lymphoma Report Card visit http://www.lymphoma.ca/lymphoma-report-card-2013
Lymphoma in Canada
Lymphoma is the fifth most common cancer in Canada. In 2012, an
estimated 8,700 Canadians were diagnosed with lymphoma. Lymphoma is a
type of blood cancer that develops when an error in the production of
lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell found in the lymph nodes,
results in abnormal cells that become cancerous.
About Lymphoma Canada
Lymphoma affects many people, from patients and survivors, family and
caregivers, to medical professionals and researchers. Lymphoma Canada
connects and empowers this community through education, support, and
research. Together we are promoting early detection, finding new and
better treatments, helping patients access those treatments, learning
lymphoma's many causes, and finding a cure.
For more information about this registered charity, please visit
lymphoma.ca or call 1-866-659-5556.
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