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A 40-year-old member asked:

is lymphoma transmissible?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
No: Not a communicable disease except one rare form found in the west indes and japan.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No: Lymphoma itself is not communicable/infectious. However, some infectious diseases may be associated with the development of various types of lymphoma. Eg -- gastric malt (hp0, ocular (chlamydia psittaci), spelnnic (hcv), t cell (htlv1), nhl (hiv), primary effusion (hhv8), ipsid (campylobacter jejuni), primary cutaneous bcl (borrelia burgdorferi).
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
No: No, lymphoma is not contagious and does not spread from person to person. There are some infectious agents associated with certain types of lymphoma but still, the lymphoma itself is not contagious.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is lymphoma?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Malignancy: A lymphoma isma malignancy of a certain type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells are found in the lymphatic system and the blood stream. When the disease appears primarily in lymph nodes it is called a lymphoma. There are many different types of lymphoma.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are lymphomas?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Malignancy: A lymphoma is a malignancy of a certain type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells are found in the lymphatic system and the blood stream. When the disease appears primarily in lymph nodes it is called a lymphoma. There are many different types of lymphoma.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does a negative parr result rule out lymphoma?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No?: Polymerase chain reaction (pcr) for antigen receptor rearrangements (parr) is not a test i would necessarily consider in initial lymphoma diagnosis. Lymphoma is diagnosed (ideally) by an excisional (not just needle) biopsy and/or bone marrow biopsy. There are many additional tests including molecular (eg, pcr) tests that can be used to further subclassify diagnosis.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What type of doctor specializes in lymphoma?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Hematologist: A hematologist specializes in lymphoma. Many hematologists have done training in oncology as well so they are hematologists/oncologists.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the chance of dying from lymphoma?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
It depends: It depends on the stage and the specific type of lymphoma. There can be cures and some very long remissions depending on the type. The odds also depend on the response to treatment.

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