Thursday, June 5, 2008

Living with lymphoma symposium this month

Participants must register

NEW HAVEN - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in collaboration with Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale Cancer Center, will present a free educational program, "Living with Lymphoma: Developing Treatment Options," at 6 p.m. June 19 at the hospital.
Dr. Francine Foss, an attending oncologist at YNHH, co-director of the leukemia and lymphoma program at Yale Cancer Center and professor of medical oncology at Yale School of Medicine, will present the free program to patients and caregivers. Foss will be available to answer questions following her presentation.

Lymphoma is a general term for a group of cancers that originates in the lymphatic system. Lymphoma results when a lymphocyte (a type of white blood cell) undergoes a malignant change and begins to multiply, eventually crowding out healthy cells and creating tumors that enlarge the lymph nodes or other sites in the body. Fifty-three percent of the blood cancers diagnosed are lymphomas.

Registration is required and a complimentary dinner will be served. To register, call Shelley Carpenter at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (203) 427-2049.

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