Who we are

Lumped with Lymphoma is a lymphoma education and awareness charity aimed at people under the age of 30.
We are a small but mighty team with one very simple and completely important message... 'be body brave'.


Lymphoma is the most common cancer in people under the age of 30 and we want to provide a support network where advice, information and support can be shared amongst like minded individuals who are experiencing the same condition. Although this disease is becoming increasingly more common, many people are still unaware of lymphoma and that it is a lifethreatening form of cancer.

Our mission

Lumped with lymphoma's mission is to make sure everyone knows the signs and symptoms, be body aware, and to have the confidence to head to the GP if they notice anything that doesn't feel right. We want to spread the message of being body brave.


The more awareness we can spread of this ever increasing disease then the better chance people stand of getting an early diagnosis.

As with many other cancers, the earlier lymphoma is picked up and diagnosed, the better the treatment outcomes are.

70% of people whose nonhodgkin lymphoma (all subtypes combined) is diagnosed when the disease is at an early stage will survive their disease for at least five years, compared with 58% of people diagnosed when the disease is advanced.
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What is lymphoma?

So here's the serious stuff...


Lymphoma is a blood cancer that affects your lymphatic system, a vital part of your immune system which helps to protect your body from infection and disease. Lymphoma occurs when some of the lymphocytes divide in an abnormal way, or do not die as they should. They then collect in the lymph nodes which grow as a solid tumour most commonly occurring in the neck, chest, armpit, groin and also the abdomen. Lymphoma is not restricted to one part of the body, it can involve organs as well as tissue functions. It is the most commonly occurring blood cancer and the most common cancer for people under the age of 30.


There are two main types of lymphoma.

  • NonHodgkins

  • Hodgkins


The difference between them is that they each affect a different kind of lymphocyte. Each type of lymphoma grows at different rates and has different responses to treatment, so it's vital you speak to your consultant to get a full understanding on your specific type of lymphoma.


What are lymphocytes?

Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell, which are an important part of the immune system. The role of the white blood cell is to fight off diseases. They recognise and in some cases attack directly­ infectious agents and abnormal cells that could turn cancerous.


There are two main types: B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes, also known as B cells and T cells.

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is part of the body’s defence system against infection and disease, it contains white blood cells and helps fight infection and disease. It runs throughout the body and is made up of organs, nodes and vessels. Organs that form part of the lymphatic system include bone marrow, tonsils and the spleen. The nodes are found in clusters in different parts of the body, but the major sites for nodes are the neck, armpits and groin. The vessels of the lymphatic system carry lymph, a white liquid made up of white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes play an important role in helping to fight infections, people with lymphoma produce abnormal lymphocytes.


For more information on lymphoma check out the link to the Macmillan Cancer Support website

Signs and symptoms

Lymphoma can cause many different symptoms, depending on which type of lymphoma it is and on where it develops in the body. Most of these symptoms can often be mistaken for other less serious illnesses, like the flu. This means that lymphoma can be hard to diagnose compared with other cancers. By knowing more about your body and these signs and symptoms, lymphoma can be detected early and there is a better chance for quicker diagnosis, treatment and overall survival.

Symptom lymph node

Swelling of lymph nodes

The most common symptom of Lymphoma is one or more painless swellings of the lymph nodes. These are commonly found in the neck, armpit and groin. There are also lymph nodes you cannot feel, in your tummy and chest. Usually, the swollen nodes don't hurt. But some people say their lumps ache or are painful. And for some they are painful after drinking alcohol. However some lymphomas can develop without any obvious lump. Instead, the first thing noticed may be symptoms.

Symptom sweats

Night Sweats

These are often known as 'drenching' sweats because they are normally severe enough to make your bedsheets soaking wet and like the name they mostly always happen during the night.

Symptom tiredness

Tiredness

This is not a normal feeling of tiredness i.e post exercise or a busy day for example. It means that you feel exhausted for no apparent reason or feel washed out after doing very little.

Symptom itching

Itching

Itching is quite a common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma but is less common in non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The itching is sometimes just felt in the hands, feet and lower legs, but sometimes all over the body. It is usually worse at night in bed.

Symptom weight

Unexplained weight loss

Unintended weight loss can occur with any kind of lymphoma, but it is more typical if you have a high­grade non­Hodgkin lymphoma or Hodgkin lymphoma. Weight loss occurs because the cancerous cells are placing a heavy demand on your system, and your body is using up its resources to feed the cancerous cells as well as trying to and get rid of them.

The symptoms you have will vary depending on where your lymphoma is growing. For example, if you have a lymphoma growing in your abdomen, this might cause stomach ache, diarrhoea or constipation and bloating. Although the enlarged lymph nodes themselves aren't usually painful, lymphoma can put pressure on the tissues round the nodes and this can cause pain, for example pain in the back and pain in the abdomen. Enlarged lymph nodes in the chest area can press on lung tissue, on the breathing passages and on blood vessels nearby. This pressure can cause you to cough and make you breathless. If you have lymphoma in the bone marrow, you may get symptoms of anaemia. It is vital then that you know your body.