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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?

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?

Whoa: Cystic lymphoma or the more familiar 'cystic lymphangioma'? The former's probably a mistake; the latter's nothing to worry about. Have a couple of pathologists look at it. ...Read more

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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Can lymphoma be cured?

Can lymphoma be cured?

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 more

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What is d cell lymphoma?

What is d cell lymphoma?

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

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How is lymphoma detected?

How is lymphoma detected?

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 more

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Can you die from lymphoma?

Can you die from lymphoma?

Yes: This day and age unlikely. Significant numbers of patients can be cured with early detection and treatment. ...Read more

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How rare is burkitt's lymphoma?

Uncommon: Burkitt's lymphoma comprises about a third of childhood lymphomas, but less than 1% of adult lymphomas in europe and the usa. This very aggressive malignancy is much more common in africa, however. ...Read more

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How to know if I have lymphoma?

How to know if I have lymphoma?

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 more

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What are symptoms for lymphoma?

Lumps: Very often a person will notice a painless lump which is an enlarged lymph node. More advanced cases may present with fatigue, unexplained weight loss, unexplained night sweats or night fevers, even diffuse itching. ...Read more

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What are some signs of lymphoma?

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

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How likely is surviving lymphoma?

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

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What are the symptoms of lymphoma?

Could be several: Lymphoma is a general category which includes many subtypes of hodgkins and non-hodgkins lymphomas. They may manifest slowly over years while higher grades progress more quickly. As a class, lymphomas my occur practically anywhere, so the possible symptoms can vary substantially. ...Read more

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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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Can I die from lymphoma if I ignore it?

Yes, it is possible: There are different types of lymphomas which can range from slow growing to rapidly progressive. All lymphomas, even low grade can lead to death if not treated. ...Read more

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I might have lymphoma. What should I do?

Get it checked out!: You have given no specifics, but there are dozens of types of lymphoma and your self diagnosis will not lead to a plan. Get to a hematologist/oncologist and have a work up. ...Read more

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What are the major symtoms of lymphoma?

Enlarged lymph nodes: ... are the most common early symptoms of lymphoma. Some patients can have so called "B-symptoms" which are night-time fevers, chills, and sweats. Enlargement of the liver or spleen can occur, or a change in the blood cell counts. ...Read more

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What are the different kinds of lymphoma?

Lymphoma types: Are based on their microscopic appearance, expression of proteins on the cell surface, or specific gene mutations.
To name a few: Hodgkins Lymphoma (classical, Lymphocyte rich, etc.). B-cell non-Hodgkins (NHL) include: Lymphoblastic, Burkitt's, Diffuse Large B-cell, Follicular, Mantle Cell, Small Lymphocytic. T-cell lymphomas are yet another group: Anaplastic Large Cell, Angioimmunoblastic, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having lymphoma?

Large lymph nodes: That is the most common symptoms. But it may also include weight loss, fever, drenching sweats, abnormal blood counts, autoimmune problems and compression of organs resulting from the enlarged lymph nodes leading to pain, jaundice, bone fractures or neurological complications. ...Read more

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What to expect from marginal zone lymphoma?

Indolent, persistent: Marginal zone lymphoma is a form of lymphoma that is of low aggressiveness and "indolent." it refers to the cell of origin of the tumor having come from the "marginal zone" of the lymph node, as opposed to "germinal center cell" or "activated b-cell type" cells which are subtypes of the more aggressive "large cell" lymphoma family. It is slower growing, but may be persistent and tough to "cure.". ...Read more

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What kind of disease is lymphoma? What causes it?

It is a cancer: Lymphoma is cancer arising in the lymph glands. Like most cancers, the cause of Lymphoma is unknown. ...Read more

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Do yiu have pain in lymphnodes if you have lymphoma?

Not usually: One of the most common presenting patient complaints for lymphoma is called "painless adenopathy" which means that lymph nodes are swollen but not painful. This isn't to say that they can't be painful, but pain doesn't increase the chances of a lymph node being malignant. ...Read more

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What are the statistics for the survival of lymphoma?

Depends on type: An aggressive lymphoma can actually be cured in many cases but the more slow growing indolent lymphomas have high remission rates but are currently incurable. The above pertains to non-hodgkin lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma is almost totally curable in its early stages but less so if more advanced. ...Read more

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What signs would have you concerned that a child may have lymphoma?

See below: Hodgkin's lymphoma usually presents as steadily growing painless lymph node often in neck region whereas Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma presents as either slow- or rapidly growing lymph node associated with enlarged liver, spleen, and weight loss. ...Read more

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Is lymphoma curable?

Many types are: Lymphoma can be cured usually with chemotherapy and sometimes with the addition of radiation. The success rate is dependent on the type of lymphoma as well as location. There are some types of lymphoma are not considered curable with standard treatments. ...Read more

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Is lymphoma curable?

Often: There are actually maybe a hundred subtypes by now. Some are famously curable -- most of the time. Some can't be cured -- yet -- but these tend to be slow-growers. In the old days, they were all fatal; be thankful for today's medical interventions that actually work. ...Read more

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Will lymphoma kill me?

Will lymphoma kill me?

Eventually: Untreated lymphoma will kill you. Different kinds of lymphoma carry different prognosis and may be more amenable to treatment than others. ...Read more

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Wat is mantle cell lymphoma?

Mantle cell lymphoma: Is a less common b-cell disease in the non-hodgkin's lymphoma group. It tends to be advanced stage when diagnosed, and can have a propensity to involve both the gut and skin. About 20% of cases behave indolently, and treatment is quite effective at diagnosis. Late relapses are common, and treatment is more challenging the second time around. ...Read more

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How can you prevent lymphoma?

You can't: There are no known preventative measures other than staying away from high doses of radiation and known carcinogens. ...Read more

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Is Hodgkin's lymphoma hereditary?

Is Hodgkin's lymphoma hereditary?

Genetics of HL: There might be a genetic component of Hodgkins Lymphoma in close family members of a HL patient. It is seen about 3-5 times more often than expected in the general population. Younger Siblings of HL patients may have a risk up to 7 times more frequently. ...Read more

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