About Lymphoma Australia
Lymphoma Australia was established by a group of patients to give those affected by lymphoma a voice. We are dedicated to raising funds to ensure specialist lymphoma care nurses are available wherever they are needed.
Our lymphoma care nurses will help patients and their families from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Thanks to your participation in events like Legs Out for Lymphoma, this support is available for free, regardless of where you live in Australia.
Lymphoma Australia is a registered charity in Australia and our mission is to support all Australians impacted by lymphoma.
What is Lymphoma?
Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is made up of lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels, organs, bone marrow, thymus gland, tonsils, spleen, liver, blood and lymphocytes.
There are two main categories of lymphoma: Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Within these categories are currently more than 80 different subtypes.
Lymphoma can occur at any age, across all races, and there are no known causes or preventative measures. It is the sixth most common cancer in Australia. with more than 6,900 diagnosed this year.
Symptoms can include:
- Swollen/enlarged lymph nodes
- Sweating, especially at night
- Weight loss, reduced appetite
- Generalised itch
- Persistent tiredness
- Short of breath, cough