EVENT DATE: Sep 27, 2015
• An estimated 156,420 people in the United States will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma this year. • New cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma account for 9.4% of the 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States this year. • Every three minutes one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. • An estimated 1,012,533 Americans are living with leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes. • Leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma will cause the deaths of an estimated 53,010 persons in the United States this year. • Approximately every 10 minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. That’s 145 people each day or more than six people every hour. We’re making a difference! The overall five-year survival rate for children under 15 years old with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) was 3% in 1964 – today it’s 90.5%! The five-year survival rate for leukemia has quadrupled in the past 50 years, from 14% to 56.5%. Statistics have shown a significant improvement in the five-year survival rates of patients with myeloma during this same time frame – from 12% in to 41.1%. • Hodgkin lymphoma is now considered to be one of the most curable forms of cancer. The five-year survival rate for a person diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma has more than doubled from 40% to 86.3% in the last 50 years. In children and adolescents ages 0 to 14, the five-year survival rate for Hodgkin lymphoma is 95.6%. • In children and adolescents from 0 to 19 years, five-year survival for non-Hodgkin lymphoma is now 84.7%. This represents a significant improvement: even in the mid-1970s, most children with NHL did not live five years after diagnosis. A directory of Patient Services The Patient Financial Aid Program provides a limited amount of financial assistance to help patients who have significant financial need and are under a doctor's care for a confirmed blood cancer diagnosis. The Co-Pay Assistance Program offers financial support toward the cost of insurance co-payments and/or insurance premium costs for prescription drugs. Patients must qualify both medically and financially for this program. To learn more about Co-Pay Assistance, call (877) 557-2672, email copay@LLS.org or visit www.lls.org/co-pay. • Facilitated by volunteer nurses and social workers, Family Support Groups meet monthly throughout most major metropolitan cities. All patients, family members and friends affected by blood cancers are invited to come together to share experiences and ask questions. The Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program enables patients and their loved ones to connect with a trained peer volunteer who has gone through a similar experience. Patients and their families are matched with peer volunteers based on diagnosis, age, gender and other factors that might create a mutual understanding and ease communication between participants and volunteers. Call the San Diego/Hawaii Chapter to find a support group near you or speak with a First Connection volunteer. • Health professionals who work at the Information Resource Center provide accurate, up-to-date information on blood cancers via the phone and online. Call (800) 955-4572 or chat online and download materials at www.lls.org. • LLS sponsors telephone/web education programs for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. These programs are archived on the LLS website. Visit www.LLS.org/programs for a list of upcoming programs, and www.LLS.org/pastprograms to listen to past programs. • Public Policy advocates contact their elected representatives to promote government research funding and improvements in public health policy. Become an advocate today at www.lls.org/advocacy. • Welcome Back: Working Together to Support the Cancer Survivor at School educates school personnel and parents to improve the transition of childhood cancer survivors from clinic to classroom.