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Alternative Treatments For Non Hodgkins Lymphoma
Now that my husband can not do the last 3 chemo treatments to put his lymphoma in remission, what will his options be? My husband has the diagnosis of non-hodgkins lymphoma. He also has many prexisting conditions, including pad, 2 heart blocks, racing he
I'm : I'm not an oncologist, but a palliative care physician. (we work on symptoms, and on helping patients and families in your situation see a way forward.) i'm so sorry. It sounds like your husband is in a tough spot. If the lymphoma can't be cured, it's time to have a discussion (or maybe several) with his oncologist about how long his disease might allow him to live, and about what's most likely to happen next, medically. Often even when the cancer cannot be cured, many of its complications (infections, and so forth) can still be addressed. Make a list of questions ahead of time, so that you both remember what you want to ask. (sometimes sitting down with a friend who is willing to play the role of the oncologist and help you phrase questions helps.) if your husband's oncologist is accessible by email, you might send some of them ahead of time. At some point, a physician may mention hospice care to you. That can be a scary word. My advice is to get lots of information about hospice way before you feel ready to use this important tool. Its easy to misunderstand hospice, and most patients wish they'd gotten information about this kind of medicine earlier. I hope that you have some good days along with the hard ones. Your husband is lucky to have you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is a malignant (cancerous) proliferation of lymphocytes with unique biological, prognostic and diagnostic features. It involves mostly lymph nodes and it may be treated and cured with the use of chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of both. It is considered a lymphoma with excellent long term prognosis ...Read more
Depends: There are many kinds of non-hodgkin's lymphoma. Each is treated differently depending on specific type and stage. Commonly some sort of chemotherapy is best, but occasionally radiation therapy alone or in combination with chemo, antibody therapy, antibiotics, or even doing nothing right away and closely monitoring the disease may be the preferred course. A good oncologist can guide the way. ...Read more
I have non-hodgkins lymphoma for fifteen months without being treated is there a time limit that I should be watching for treatment should start?
No. : If you have had a non-hodgkin's lymphoma (nhl), i suspect (but don't know) that you have an indolent lymphoma such as follicular lymphoma. In that case "watch and wait" or "active observation" is an option. When and how to treat is beyond the scope of this answer but reasons include symptoms and patient preference. ...Read more
I've recently been diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. What is the life expectancy without medical treatment?
Depends: Non hodgkin's lymphoma is not a disease but a huge container of diseases with all sort of behaviors and prognoses. Some nhl patients may live decades without treatment (may not even know they have it) whereas in others, death may come in weeks or months. Your oncologist can explain that to you in more detail based on your specific situation. Best to you. ...Read more
Combination chemotx.: This is a very aggressive disease that almost always results in death within one year if not treated. However, if treated, many can be cured. The treatment is usually combination chemo.: 4 cycles of chop (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone), followed by radiation therapy. If cure is not attained, high dose chemo. And autologous hematopoetic stem cell transplant can be done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is typical frequency and duration of rituxin and bendamustine treatment for relapsed non-hodgkins lymphoma.?
D1,2 q21d: Bendamustine (treanda) +/- Rituximab is typically given days 1 and 2 every 21 days for non-hodgkin's lymphoma (nhl). The dose and frequency are different in cll. Patients often need dose or cycle duration adjustment based on their prior therapies, age, etc. Ref: http://www.Treanda.Com. ...Read more
If the slow-growing follicular non hodgkins lymphoma is in the bone marrow, but only 2%, what are the best
options for treatment?
Depends on symptoms: The decision to treat follicular lymphoma is not based on the amount of lymphoma in the bone marrow. If the patient has no symptoms from the lymphoma we often watch the patient closely. Many of these patients will not need treatment for several years. If a patient needs treatment for follicular lymphoma the best treatment is currently a combination of the chemo drugs Rituximab and bendamustine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Grandma diagnosed with stage 3 non-hodgkins lymphoma.After 3 years of treatment shes completely cancer free. High or low chance cancer will come back?
It depends: There are several different types of Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas(NHL). The common ones include Follicular lymphoma which is low grade and indolent but can relapse even after 3-5 years of remission. The other common one is called Diffuse large B cell(DLBCL). This is potentially curable and very unlikely to relapse after 3 years of remission. So check which su-btype of NHL does she have. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Curability: Lymphomas fall into two major categories: non hodgkins and hodgkins. Hodgkins has a cure rate of ~90%, while non hodgkins has many different lymphoma subtypes that have widely varying cure rates. Also, hodgkins lymphomas tend to move from one lymph node group to the next one in line, while non hodgkins lymphoma can involve multiple lymph nodes that are widely spaced from each other. ...Read more
There are no obvious: Causitive agents like there is for lung cancer. It doesn't tend to run in families most of the time either. Risk factors for developing it are increasing age, male sex (slightly more common ) and being white. It is uncommon in young females such as yourself, but not unheard of. ...Read more
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