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A 45-year-old member asked:

what are the signs and symptoms of marginal zone lymphoma?

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Dr. Ephraim Hochberg
Medical Oncology 25 years experience
Depends on location: Marginal zone lymphoma can occur many places in the body. It most commonly occurs in the stomach and is associated with heartburn and stomach pain. It can also occur around the eye where it usually presents as a painless lump.
Dr. Hernani Cualing
Pathology 30 years experience
Lump lymphadenopathy: Marginal zone lymphomas are found in lymph nodes, salivary glands, extralymph nodes organs and the signs and symptoms are referable to the location of the lymphoma. In the skin, lumps could show up as reddish elevated lump on chest and upper body, with no pain or itchiness. Enlargement of nodes are signs and neck lumps with o r without pain could be seen in glandular involvement. Need biopsy.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Do diffused large b cell lymphoma patients show symptoms of mental abnormalities?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Maybe: In general we don't think of diffuse large b cell lymphoma (dlbcl) effecting brain function. However, many patients tell us of symptoms of a "fog" like feeling either before treatment (disease-related?) or after ("chemobrain"). Reasons are likely multifactorial and can include stress, financial concerns, depression, and disease biology. This is being actively studied by a variety of groups.
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How quickly should treatment start for diffuse large b cell lymphoma?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Fairly quickly: This is a very fast growing disease which in most cases has already caused some damage before it is discovered. It is important to quickly stage the disease and then begin treatment. Your oncologist will know how much time can pass before you start treatment. Everyone is different in this respect and sometimes life's issues (graduations, weddings) can be worked around..And sometimes not.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the rate of survival of a diffuse b-cell lymphoma?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
It is quite good: These are fast growing lymphomas that respond well to modern chemotherapy. Your doctor can tell you what risk category you fall into based on your age and several aspects of your tumor which include it's stage at presentation. Outside of this, staying on time with chemotherapy and not having to reduce the intended dose lead to the highest cure rates. The majority of patients can be cured.
A 18-year-old member asked:

My doctors always say if the lymph node is moveable and soft and not growing it's normal. Is this true? What texture and size is a typical in lymphoma

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Soft, non-fixed: Normal lymph nodes may vary somewhat, but in general normal is non-fixed (movable), soft (not firm). Size < 1-2 cm. Enlarged lymph nodes may be a non-cancer and likewise cancer can be in normal sized lymph nodes. Very large lymph nodes are more likely to be lymphoma.
A 18-year-old member asked:

At the end stages of lymphoma a mode would prob be at least 5cm or bigger right?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
?: I'm not sure i understand the question; however, no absolute size cutoff establishes "end stage" lymphoma. Lymphomas are often seen that have very large lymph nodes. That might be an adverse prognostic factor (staging: x = bulky) but doesn't necessarily mean end stage. What is important are lymphoma type, prognostic factors, and response to treatment.

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