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Do you know what causes lymphoma?

Do you know what causes lymphoma?

Like other cancers..: lymphoma arises from an unlucky combination of genetic mutations in lymphoid cells during our lifetime. Risk factors include exposure to toxins, family history, or a severe immune suppression (e.g. HIV). Most often, the proximal cause can not be determined, and is mostly just bad luck, since our body is naturally subjected to millions of genetic mutations over our lifetime. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

A malignancy developing in the lymphocytes of lymph glands. They present as an enlarging node that continues to grow and then ...Read more


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Please tell me what causes lymphoma?

Please tell me what causes lymphoma?

Probable virus: many lymphomas are viral induced. This is one of the reasons for clustering of the disease. It is speculated that the MMTV virus enters to Wnt-1 gene of the lymphocyte to produce a protein known as B-catenin which stimulates and transforms the lymphocyte. ...Read more

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What causes lymphoma of the brain?

What causes lymphoma of the brain?

Associations are: Not causes, but people with HIV seem to have disproportionate representation in primary CNS lymphoma. It is unlike lymphoma in many ways - not very responsive to radiotherapy. The key teatment is high dose Methotrexate today. No known cause, . ...Read more

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Can untreated PID cause lymphoma?

In a word NO: While there are cases of solid tumors arising in a site of prior insult, ie "scar carcinomas" and the potential of lymphoma in areas of prior chronic inflammation, ie think this direct link would be a stretch. ...Read more

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What causes lymphoma. Is it caused from other cancers?

What causes lymphoma. Is it caused from other cancers?

Mostly unknown: A few lymphomas are caused by epstein barr virus infection, but in most cases, the cause is not known. Other cancers do not cause lymphomas. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

No, the opposite can: Bells palsy does not cause lymphoma. Infection/inflammation is the most common cause of bells's palsy. However, other condition like certain brain tumor, stroke, certain lymphoproliferative disease- like waldenstrom's etc can be presented with cranial nerve vii paralysis. ...Read more

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What causes fat lymphomas, how do you get rid of them without surgery and how to prevent getting more?

What causes fat lymphomas, how do you get rid of them without surgery and how to prevent getting more?

Lipomas?: If you are talking about lipomas, the benign fatty tumors that some people get, then we are not sure what causes them. There is no way to get rid of them without surgery and unfortunately they often come back when they are removed. We also do not know of a way to prevent you from getting more of them. ...Read more

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Is it true that mononucleosis can cause Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Is it true that mononucleosis can cause Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Yes and No!: Mononucleosis is caused by a virus called EB Virus. Nearly all cases of Mononucleosis recover from the virus infection. There is a rare patient where it can evolve/comeback as Hodgkin's disease. But it is such a rare event, you need not to worry about it happening in your case. ...Read more

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Can you always see a swollen lymph node in the neck caused by lymphoma?

Many Causes: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Painful swelling in ankle & legs possibly caused by lymphoma. Waiting on biopsy to confirm underlining cause. How to reduce pain&swelling in meantime?

Painful swelling in ankle & legs possibly caused by lymphoma. Waiting on biopsy to confirm underlining cause. How to reduce pain&swelling in meantime?

Be seen: I would make sure you are being seen and fully evaluated. Blood clots are more common in patients with cancer, can cause similar symptoms, and are potentially life threatening. There are certainly other potential causes. You need to be seen for a specific diagnosis regarding your swelling beyond that you may or may not have lymphoma. ...Read more

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Will cymbalta (duloxetine) help me with depression and anxiety caused by lymphoma and the cancer treatment? I feel really stressed out

Will cymbalta (duloxetine) help me with depression and anxiety caused by lymphoma and the cancer treatment? I feel really stressed out

I would not rely on: a medication alone to get you through this difficult time. Cymbalta is an excellent medication. But if this were combined with some form of therapy and good use of your support system that would likely be even more effective. God Bless ...Read more

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Would a tumor caused from lymphoma, e.G. Node, etc, show up on plain xray and ct?Low back pn, clear l spine xray and CT to look for kidney stones, etc.

Would a tumor caused from lymphoma, e.G. Node, etc, show up on plain xray and ct?Low back pn, clear l spine xray and CT to look for kidney stones, etc.

Not XR: A x-ray would not be particularly helpful, unless it's a large tumor. Ct would be much better, and should be able to pick up enlarged lymph nodes. Watch out for contrast though. Kidney stone cts are done without IV contrast, but you will need contrast to look for tumor (at least much better at it). Talk to your doctor to make sure whether you are doing it with or without contrast. ...Read more

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Does a chest x Ray reveal enlarged lymph nodes in neck area such as under the thymus gland caused by lymphoma?

Does a chest x Ray reveal enlarged lymph nodes in neck area such as under the thymus gland caused by lymphoma?

The thymus gland: is not in the neck, it is in the chest(anterior mediastinum). If the lymph nodes get large enough, the chest xray will be abnormal. However, a chest xray is not a reliable way to rule out adenopathy, because the lymph nodes have to get quite bulky to show up. CT is a much more sensitive and specific test for mediastinal adenopathy. ...Read more

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Is a slightly swollen right neck lymph node commonly caused by Lymphoma? Accompanied by mild sore throat, no fever. Quite anxious about health stuff.

Time will tell: If the lymph node grows in a short period (three weeks), it is suspicious of lymphoma. If it stay the same, look for chronic irritation or infection in the ear canal, lobe or temporal scalp. ...Read more

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Will Medical Marijuana CBD strain with no THC help for anxiety/depression caused by lymphoma and chemotherapy treatment? No luck with ssri and benzos

Will Medical Marijuana CBD strain with no THC help for anxiety/depression caused by lymphoma and chemotherapy treatment? No luck with ssri and benzos

It could : Dear Cesar: yes, CBD could help with anxiety although THC could also help with mild depressive symptoms. There are no clear guidelines here and you will have to try different mixes. There is a brand called care by design (CBD) that makes sprays with different percentages of CBD/THC. I usually recommend my patients to try both CBD and THC and see what works for them. All the best, Ariel. ...Read more