September is a special time for advocates and supporters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise awareness both locally and nationally about LLS’s efforts to fight blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. The mission of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is to cure these blood cancers and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

Why is this important?

  • Every 3 minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer; more than 1.3 million Americans are living with or are in remission from a blood cancer.
  • Approximately every 9 minutes, someone in the US dies from a blood cancer. This statistic represents approximately 156 people each day or more than 6 people every hour.
  • LLS has invested nearly $1.3 billion in cancer research since our founding in 1949, leading to nearly every advancement in blood cancer treatment and breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine. Since 2017, LLS helped advance 85% of the blood cancer treatment options approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Despite our progress, more than one-third of blood cancer patients still do not survive five years after diagnosis.
  • There’s more work to be done and we will keep fighting to create a world without blood cancers! Learn more about how LLS is helping patients and families.

Join us at one of these upcoming virtual events:

  • Virtual National Blood Cancer Conference – September 18th, 8:30am-12:30pm (PT)
    LLS Blood Cancer Conferences are free education events for blood cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals to learn more about treatment options, emerging therapies, management of survivorship issues, and LLS resources.
    To register, click here.
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety After Cancer Diagnosis: A Mindfulness Approach – September 24th, 12:00pm-1:00pm (PT)
    Dr. Lisa Moore, a licensed physical therapist, will be giving a talk on how stress affects our wellbeing and health. Several simple techniques will be explored that will help mind and body achieve a more healing and restorative state. You will leave this talk with tools and resources for immediate application! Patients of any cancer diagnosis are invited to attend alon with your caregiver and family members.
    To register, click here.

“LLS is where it is today because it has groomed a remarkable generation of scientists and physician scientists who have led the extraordinary advances in treatment of hematologic malignancies.” 

– Gary Gilliland, MD, PhD, President of Fred Hutchison Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers a variety of programs and services for people affected by leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, and myeloproliferative neoplasms. All are offered free of charge.

To learn more about LLS, visit or contact an LLS Information Specialist at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 6:00am – 6:00pm PT.
LLS Information Specialists are master’s level oncology social workers, nurses and health educators, are available to speak to you and your loved ones one-on-one. They can provide information about diagnoses, treatments, supportive resources, and financial assistance and help with the challenges of living with a blood cancer.