Belfast Telegraph

Cancer patients meet for conference

Cancer patients are set to meet for a special cross-border conference aimed at helping them cope with their conditions.

A total of 100 people with Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma will attend the All-Ireland Lymphoma Patient Conference in Dublin, an event which will see experts discuss medical treatments and therapies available to patients.

It is estimated there are one million people living with lymphoma around the world and it is one of the fastest growing cancer types, with 1,000 new cases diagnosed across the world each day.

Speakers will include representatives of the Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) and the Irish Cancer Society.

Liz Atkinson, head of care services at UCF, said: "Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic system, part of the circulatory system. There are more than 35 known types of lymphoma so we want to make sure that people are aware of the most common symptoms.

"These include painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin; night sweats, high temperatures or fever, tiredness and persistent fatigue, coughs and breathlessness or an itch over the body with no rash."

Olwyn Ryan, patient support groups manager at the Irish Cancer Society, said: "This conference is vital to those living with lymphoma in Ireland. It gives lymphoma survivors an opportunity to meet, talk and share with one another.

"It is also an opportunity for us, as the national cancer care charity, to speak to lymphoma survivors and hear their issues and concerns."

The conference will hear an update on lymphoma by Dr Greg Korpanty, registrar medical oncology at Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin. There will also be a discussion on the benefits of group humour therapy on cancer patients.

Other speakers will include lymphoma survivor Ailis Corey, chair of Lymphoma Support Ireland Marie O'Connor, plus experts in complementary therapy and a counselling psychologist.

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