Altuntaş, who is also the President of the World Apheresis Union, made a statement to the AA correspondent about the incidence, causes and current treatment methods of the disease, before the 15 September World Lymphoma Awareness Day.
Stating that lymph cancer occurs as a result of excessive proliferation of blood cells called lymphocytes in the lymph nodes, Altuntaş said that malignant lymphocytes can multiply in other tissues or organs such as the spleen, liver, bone marrow, stomach and spread to other parts of the body.
Altuntaş stated that there is no clear information about the causes of lymphoma, but genetic predisposition, suppression of immunity, environmental factors, chemical and physical agents, collagen tissue diseases, immune system deterioration and immune system diseases can be listed as risk factors.
Stating that the incidence of all types of lymphoma in Turkey is around 10 per hundred thousand, Altuntaş said, “Lymphoma is a type of cancer that increases with age. When it comes to advanced age, its incidence can reach up to 60 per hundred thousand. All over the world, there are more than one million lymphoma patients and More than 1,000 new patients are diagnosed with lymphoma every day.” said.
“One of the types of cancer with promising results”
prof. Dr. Pointing out that lymphoma is a treatable disease, Altuntaş continued as follows:
“Lymphoma, a curable disease, is one of the cancer types that has a chance to be cured, that is, it will not recur after treatment and its results are promising. Lymphoma treatment is performed with chemotherapy and immunotherapies, and radiotherapy in selected cases. Up to 95 percent success rate in some lymphoma types with current drugs and radiation treatments. exists.”
Providing information about the symptoms of the disease, Altuntaş said:
“Painless, rubbery, mobile lymph node swelling, loss of 10 percent or more of the current weight without dieting in the last six months, high fever are among the alarming symptoms of the disease. When these symptoms are observed, the person should apply to a health institution immediately. Of course, lymphoma diagnosis In order to diagnose, a biopsy must be taken from the affected area and the definitive diagnosis is made by the pathologist through pathological examination.
“If you notice the symptoms, contact the health centers without delay”
Altuntaş stated that even if some patients had complaints during the epidemic process, he was hesitant to apply to hospitals and relatively few people were diagnosed during this process.
Stating that these people are likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, Altuntaş said that this year’s theme of September 15, World Lymphoma Awareness Day, is “Can’t Wait Anymore”.
Altuntaş, “If you have a complaint, do not wait any longer, we are waiting for you. If you notice lymphoma symptoms or signs, apply to health centers without delay.” said.