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My mother-in-law had a biopsy performed on a lump on her leg and the doctors indicated she had cystic lymphoma which could be serious. What is it?
Lymphoma: There are many types of lymphoma-from the agressive ones to the indolent ones. Each type has different biology and different response to therapy, as well as different prognosis etc. However, in general, lymphoma is a chemosensitive disease and is a radiosensitive disease. Yes, some lymphoma can be cured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
T cell lymphoma?: I think you mean t cell lymphoma, a cancer of t cells or thymocytes that can cause lymph gland enlargement, low blood counts, fevers, and sweats. A particular subtype is gamma-delta (the greek letter for d) hepatosplenic lymphoma, which could also be what you're referring to. A good source of information is the leukemia & lymphoma society of america's website. ...Read more
Symptoms and imaging: People usually present with symptoms -- eg, fever, chills, night sweats, fatigue, lymph node enlargement, spleen enlargement, etc. Then (or sometimes incidentally) abnormal lymph nodes are noted on ct scans. A biopsy (of lymph nodes and/or bone marrow) is needed for diagnosis. Less often blood abnormalities show a leukemic (blood) component of lymphoma or other abnormalities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below...: The diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma, like any other cancer, should be managed by an oncologist. Many signs and symptoms are possible at presentation including unexplained weight loss, lymph node enlargement, lack of appetite, night sweats, fatigue, prolonged fever, enlarged spleen and/or liver, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lymphoma...: Often, the first sign of lymphoma is a painless swelling in the neck, under an arm, or in the groin. Lymph nodes or tissues elsewhere in the body may also swell. The spleen, for example, often becomes enlarged in lymphoma. Symptoms of lymphoma may include the following: fevers, chills, unexplained weight loss, night sweats, fatigue, and itching. ...Read more
Many variables: Survival and treatment selection depend on many variables: stage of disease, type of lymphoma, age of patient, associated symptoms, overall performance status, specific pathologic and blood based risk factors, as well as response to therapy. It is too broad to cover all aspects specifically so i would refer you to online resources such as acs.Org or institutional web resources like mdacc or mskcc. ...Read more