World Lymphoma Day Raises Awareness for Australia’s Most Common Blood Cancer | Leukaemia Foundation

World Lymphoma Day Raises Awareness for Australia’s Most Common Blood Cancer

Tuesday, 09 September 2014


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Toowoomba resident Katherine Marshall was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma the night before her wedding day. Despite not knowing much about the blood cancer, which can spread to almost any part of the body, 23-year-old Katherine and her then-fiancé went ahead with their wedding the next day.

They cancelled their honeymoon, and on the Monday following the wedding Katherine started treatment, which included an aggressive chemotherapy regime.

Katherine is one of the 538 Australians diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma every year.

While Hodgkin lymphoma is rare, accounting for just 0.5% of all cancers diagnosed, it’s part of the lymphoma family: cancers that affect the lymphatic system and are the most common form of blood cancer in Australia, with over 4,500 diagnoses yearly.

‘My husband and I put our lives on hold, left our jobs, and moved to Brisbane for treatment,’ Katherine says.

‘We were there for six months while I received treatment, and were provided with free accommodation at the Leukaemia Foundation’s Clem Jones-Sunland Village.’

In most cases, the causes of lymphoma are unknown. Many people do not have any symptoms when they are first diagnosed, and the cancer can sometimes be picked up by accident during a routine chest x-ray.

Katherine was given the all clear from doctors in April this year, although she is still dealing with issues such as fatigue and increased iron levels.

Her treatment also caused early menopause, forcing her to start hormone replacement therapy.
Katherine will be sharing her story at the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s World Lymphoma Awareness Day (WLAD) event on September 16.

WLAD officially takes place on September 15, and is a chance to raise awareness about lymphoma, as well as what support is available for patients, carers and families.

Katherine will be joining other scientific and health professional presenters at the event.

To arrange an interview with Katherine Marshall or Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland staff, please see the contact details at the end of this release.

The Leukaemia Foundation’s World Lymphoma Awareness Day event will be held from 11.00 am on September 16 at 41 Peter Doherty St, Dutton Park.

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The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), amyloidosis, aplastic anaemia, and other blood related disorders.

Media Contact:
Ally Tutkaluk, Communications Officer, Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
P: 07 3318 4423