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9r- : .zgErlYl, qhriday,,qm  ,:199rl  Prognosis is excellent for manywith let .00emia diagnosis By Kerry Kester The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 28,300 new cases of leukemia this year. Of that, 10,400 will be diagnosed as lymphocytic leukemia. According to Joy Bartell, oncol- ogy manager at Beebe Medical Center, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) "is a type of can- cer in which the body produces too many white cells, called lym- phocytes." Approximately 7,400 cases of CLL will be detected this year. Lymphocytes, infection-fight- ing cells produced in bone mar- row, sometimes don't develop normally. When that happens, they are unable to effectively fight infections. If leukemia results STILL SMOKE? FAT? Quit in 3 1/2 Hours Free Preview Hour Money Back Guarantee** Skeptics & "Hopeless" Cases Welcome Diabetes Continued from page 32 tion group meetings and outdoor games. Mel and Kathy Lewis have been instrumental in organizing and orchestrating the event since the first year. While kids played outside at Camp Barnes and parents met with adults who have lived with dia- betes for years, a team of volun- teers started measuring silver rib- bon and wielding the hot glue g,m as they made the familiar .tossed ribbon shape and attached the red rhinestones. Once the first round of ribbons were glued and pinned, several Sugar Free Kids Volunteered to hand them out. Soon, they were gracing collars and t-shirts inside the ledge and out. Lewis said the ribbons are not intended to be used as a fund-rais- er, and he hopes that others will join the retreat volunteers in mak- ing and handing them out. "Anyone can make the ribbons, increasing awareness of diabetes is our goal, Lewis said. To make a diabetes awareness ribbon, use five inches of silver or gray 318 inch ribbon. Fold into a loop, glue the loop in the center, then glue a red rhinestone, five mm or larger, to the center. Fitness Tip of the Week STRENGTH CAN HELP AVOID DEGENERATION Stronger muscles lead to stronger bones and stronger con- nective tissue, all of which work together to increase our functional capacity and decrease our injury potential. The strength-trained in- dividual may not totally prevent in- jury, but it should postpone many of the degenerative problems asso- ciated with aging. Submitted by the YM CA of Rehoboth Beach For more information, call 227-8018 from the improper development of the cells, the abnormal cells multi- pry and crowd out the normal blood cells. Once the cells have multiplied sufficiently, said Bartell, they be- gin to collect in lymph tissue. The tissue swells, and a patient may notice outward swelling under the.arms, at the neck, in the groin, or in other parts of the lymph sys- tem. Most pa- tients who de- velop CLL are BARTEIJ; 60 or older, said Bartell. In the early stage of the cancer, patients usually do not experience any symptoms. As.the disease progresses, how- ever, patients start experiencing swelling in the lymph system. They may also have pain in the side caused from an enlarged spleen, they may bleed easily, or they may feel continual fatigue. If someone develops these symptoms, said Bartell, they should see a physician right away. Doctors can diagnose CLL with blood tests and/or by a bone mar- row biopsy. She added that the relatively simple bone marrow test involves the doctor inserting a needle into the bone marrow, withdrawing a small sample, then examining the cells under a microscope. Once physicians discover the cancer, they generally order addi- tional tests to determine the spread of the disease. The stage of the disease, the pa: tient's age and overall health are all factors determining which treatment a doctor will prescribe. "There are treatments for all pa- tients with CLL," said Bartell. She said most are treated with chemotherapy, radiation or bio- logical therapy. Bartell cautioned that the cancer patients are, however, at high risk for getting infections. "Sometimes a special substance called aminoglobulents, which are pro- teins that help fight infection, may be given," she said. Sometimes CLL does not re- spend to treatment. "That's known as refractory CLL," said Bartell. When that happens, patients may become involved in clinical trials, where new treatments are explored. Beebe Medical Center, in par- ticipation with the National Can- cer Institute, is involved in several such trials. "Because CLL progresses slow- ly and usually responds to treat- ment well," explained Bartell, "the prognosis is excellent." - Custis earns Joanna Speicher scholarship. A junior student from the Beebe School of Nurs- ing has been awarded the first annual Joanna Spe- ichor Scholarship. Quanda Cusds om Marion, Md., Custis plans to specialize in tra aaa aursing when she graduates. 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