New York, NY (PRWEB) March 05, 2012
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research and to serving those touched by the disease – is pleased to announce the launch of a new website for people affected by anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). The new website, FocusOnALCL.org, provides visitors with information pertinent to ALCL, including diagnosis overview and treatment options. The site also provides visitors access to the Foundation’s free patient and caregiver resources, such as disease-specific fact sheets, teleconferences, and webcasts/podcasts.
Lymphoma – the most common type of blood cancer – comprises more than 67 subtypes of two related cancers that affect the lymphatic system, Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). According to FocusOnALCL.org, anaplastic large cell lymphoma is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but the second or third most common subtype of T-cell lymphoma. There are three types of ALCL and altogether they comprise about three percent of all NHLs in adults and between 10 percent and 30 percent of all NHLs in children.
“Focusing on each of the subtypes of lymphoma is critical and has become the hallmark of the Lymphoma Research Foundation; LRF is pleased to provide those affected by anaplastic large cell lymphoma a website dedicated to their particular type of lymphoma,” said Diane Blum, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “FocusOnALCL.org helps patients and their loved ones understand their cancer and make informed decisions regarding their treatment.”
FocusOnALCL.org also offers visitors the opportunity to register for the Foundation’s twice yearly electronic newsletter, which provides the latest news and treatment updates for those interested specifically in anaplastic large cell lymphoma. The ALCL website is part of a larger initiative of the Lymphoma Research Foundation to provide disease-specific information to those affected by lymphoma. The Foundation also has sites devoted to the following lymphoma subtypes: chronic lymphocytic leukemia (FocusOnCLL.org), follicular lymphoma (FocusOnFL.org), Hodgkin lymphoma (FocusOnHL.org), mantle cell lymphoma (FocusOnMCL.org), and peripheral T-cell lymphoma (FocusOnPTCL.org).
“Disease-specific websites like the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s anaplastic large cell lymphoma site are valuable resources for anyone navigating a lymphoma diagnosis,” said John P. Leonard, MD, Associate Director, Weill Cornell Cancer Center and Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology. “As a healthcare provider, I would encourage all anaplastic large cell lymphoma patients and their caregivers to visit FocusOnALCL.org and to use the many free resources that the Foundation offers to patients, survivors and their loved ones.”
For more information about lymphoma and the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s disease-specific resources and programs, visit lymphoma.org.
About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation's largest non-profit lymphoma organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative research and providing people with lymphoma and healthcare professionals with critical information on the disease. To date, LRF has awarded more than $47 million in lymphoma-specific research.
For additional information on LRF’s programs and services, visit lymphoma.org.