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Can I Die From Lymphoma If I Ignore It
The natural history: of lymphoma varies widely according to its type and aggressiveness. At one extreme, a lymphoblastic lymphoma may visibly enlarge on a daily basis and, left untreated, will be fatal in days to weeks. At the other extreme, an indolent follicular or small cell lymphoma, may grow slowly for 5 years or more. Other types fall between these two extremes. ...Read more
Yes: In short, yes. Hodgkins lymphomas as a rule are very treatable and often curable but some can behave very aggressively and cause death despite best available therapy. An oncologist can go over this in detail after gathering all the clinical data. Best to you. ...Read more
Uncontrolled growth: Lymphoma cells continue to divide and grow more than they die. Two things happen 1) their increasing size affects normal organ function or physically pushes on organs which impair their function or 2) they produce substances that are toxic or debilitate the patient both these things eventually weaken the patient, prevent the production of normal blood cells and can lead poor immunity & infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are you thinking: What makes you concerned about lymphoma? Unless you have enlarged lymph nodes, recent onset of fever, weight loss and weakness, there is not reason to think about lymphoma. If you have palpable lymph nodes in the neck or armpit, get yourself examined by your doctor first. Then he/she will guide you further. ...Read more
Not necessarily: There are some stage IV lymphomas that can be cured with aggressive chemotherapy. Some other cannot be cured but are so slowly growing that people can live years with them, sometimes even going years without treatment, and may die naturally if something else. Best to speak with a qualified hematologist/oncologist to learn about what you or your lives one is facing and the prognosis. ...Read more
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