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SENTINEL TRIBUNE INSIDE Wednesday, December 21,2011 Page 3 Holiday sounds from page I The 5th grade band performing in the Elementary Christmas Concert last week in Walnut Grove. Last week the elementary 4th 5th and 6th grade choir performed songs for a Merry Christmas under the direction of Mr. Tom Vondracek. The Boys Fifties Group donned top hats and canes in one of their numbers in the Holiday Concert last Thursday. Dancers Chorly Xiong, Yuepan Vue, Vang Vue, and Megan Yang performed with the band in the Holiday Concert. : Deadline changes for the holidays Due to Christmas and New Yems Day being on Monday the deadline for the December 28 and January 4 issues will be as follows: Classified ads - 9:00 a.m on Thursday, December 22 and December 29 Peach display ads noon Thursday, December 22 and December 29 Sentinel display ads and news articles - noon Friday, December 23 and December 30 The Sentinel Tribune Office will be closed Monday, December 26 and January 2. Warm temperatures have kept the creeks flowing. This scene was taken near the foot bridge in the lower portion of Plum Creek Park. 00homa Awareness 213928 Lymphoma is defined as a group of blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. Abnormal changes occur in the white cells, called lymphocytes, which turn into lymphoma cells that grow and form masses. The two main types are Hodgkin disease (HD) and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), with many variations that fall under each type. The many different types of lymphoma vary in how they behave, spread and respond to treatment. In 2010, it was estimated that 628,415 people are living with some form of lymphorna or are in re- mission. HD is much less common than NHL, however. An estimated 8,830 will be newly diagnosed with Hodgkin disease in 2011 and 1,300 people will die from the disease. Hodgkin tends to be more common in males than females. Lymphoma is the third most common cancer in children, mostly being white children and least among American Indian and Alaska Native. Older children and teenagers are more commonly diagnosed than younger. Then the numbers increases in adults between the ages of 60 and 84. Overall 5-year survival is 85% for HD. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the seventh most common cancer in the U.S., with an estimated 66,360 new cases in 2011, and 19,320 deaths. Incidence is higher in males than females by about 20% and increases substantially with age with half of NHL patients over age 65. In the Unites States, rates are also higher in whites than African or Asian Americans. NHL incidence has doubled since the 1970s partly due to HIV infection. Overall 5-year survival is 67% for NHL. Some of the signs and symptoms of lymphoma include swollen glands usually around the neck, armpit or groin. Additional signs may include fever, night sweats, low energy level, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, itchy skin and noted swollen glands after drinking alcohol. If the lymphoma started in other areas other than lymph nodes such as bone, lung, or digestive tract you may see chest pain, rash, bone pain, cough or lumps under the skin. Diagnosing lymphoma usually starts with a biopsy of the swollen lymph node. There are several different lab tests that are performed to check red and white blood cells, platelets or the presence of lymphoma cells. There are radiology test such as CT scan, MRI and PET scan that maybe performed. Bone marrow aspiration or biopsy results are used for stag- ing and treatment planning. Dr. H. Jae Yoon Radiation Oncologist Research has shown association with exposure to certain bacteria and virus play in the risk factors of developing lymphoma. The bacteria and virus that suppress the immune system such as Epstein- Barr (otherwise known as Mono), HIV and H-pylori are espe- cially associated. Family history also plays a role in risk factors. For some people there is no obvious reason why they developed lymphoma. Occupations associated with higher risk include farmers, forestry workers, and welders. Treatment involves a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and/or stem cell transplant. The type of treatment best suited for the patient depends on the subtype of lymphoma, the extent of the disease, and the overall health of the pa- tient. Sanford Cancer Center 1018 Sixth Avenue SANF,RD Worthington (507) 372-3600 C A N I::3 E cancer.sanfordhealth.org