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Famous faces with blood cancer include legendary news anchor, Tom Brokaw.

Faces of Blood Cancer

Want to learn a little about leukemia and lymphoma, but don’t want to get too far into the weeds yet?

Sometimes it helps to put a human face on things...


3 NBA Greats and their Battles with Blood Cancer
Here, the story of the late Flip Saunders, Craig Sager and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and their very public battles with leukemia and lymphoma. Saunders passed away shortly after being diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma; Sager continues to deal with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML; and Kareem has Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, or Ph1-positive CML.

Eric Berry Fighting On is a story that details the saga of Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, from diagnosis to treatment to resuming his career with the NFL. Cleared to return after lymphoma treatment, Berry began his off-the-field battle with Hodgkin lymphoma back in November of 2014, with an official diagnosis to follow in December.


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Battles Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Lymphoma is touching the lives of 2 Republican governors, though only one actually has the disease. Here, a recap of Maryland Gov. Hogan’s underdog story, from the stunning upset he pulled off in becoming a governor with an R after his name in Maryland, to the details of his diagnosis and uphill battle with DLBCL, the most common non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

In a related piece, Governor Chris Christie Going Green, you’ll learn that neon green is the color of lymphoma advocacy. If you’ve noticed the NJ Gov.

Christie wearing a green wrist band in debates and TV interviews – and if you ever wondered why, you will find the answer here.

In An Open Letter to Tom Brokaw a very special Writer/Contributor, Major Mom, animal lover and non-Hodgkin lymphoma warrior shares her personal reflections with legendary TV news anchor, Tom Brokaw, who is fighting his own battle with multiple myeloma -- now also sometimes considered a non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

To put a face on follicular lymphoma, a very common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, we recommend Juliana’s Survivor Story. Juliana is an amazing individual who never gave up on her dreams. She is also an Ambassador for the Lymphoma Research Foundation, the largest non-profit organization in the nation devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research.  “Cancer doesn’t have to be the end of the story,” she says.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Statistics for Dummies

If you want to learn more about some differences between leukemia and lymphoma, start here:
5 Major Differences Between Leukemia and Lymphoma, and if you skip to point number 4, you’ll get the whole break-down -- the American Cancer Society’s estimates for new cases of leukemia and lymphoma in America in a given year. You’ll learn that lymphoma affects more people overall, but leukemia is the most common childhood cancer.

What is the Most Common Childhood Leukemia?
Unfairly affecting the littlest souls, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, is treatable but it is a long process.

 It’s the most common cancer in children. Here, you’ll also learn about common signs and symptoms, treatment and prognosis.

How Common is Lymphoma?
It’s a trick question, as you will learn in this article. Rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Western countries just about doubled in the span of 30 years. Globally, no huge increase in lymphoma incidence has been reported, however.

Which Leukemia is Most Common in Adults?
If you do a quick Google search, you might be lead astray into believing AML is the most common leukemia in adults. AML does have the highest total number of diagnoses each year, however this total reflects a large contribution from children -- AML is the second-most common leukemia in children, and leukemia is the most common cancer of childhood. However, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, is the most common leukemia in adults in the United States.

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