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Doctor insights on: How Curable Is Stage 4 Lymphoma

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph system, which is an infection fighting collection of nodes of lymph tissue populated by white blood cells and ducts that drain excess fluid. The system ...Read more


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Stage 4 lymphoma-- is this a death sentence?

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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What is the average survival rate for stage 4 lymphoma?

What is the average survival rate for stage 4 lymphoma?

Need more info: Stage 4 means involving the bone marrow (or other "extranodal" organs). The prognosis depends on a variety of factors including the subtype of hodgkin's or non-hodgkin's lymphoma. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs of near death with stage 4 lymphoma?

Bed Ridden state: Most patients who have terminal cancer become quite inactive and bed bound, needing nursing care to feed them and clean them. Organ dysfunction follows and patients become weaker by the day and stop eating and drinking. Terminally they become less alert, sleeepy, unconscious and die. ...Read more

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Do b symptoms eventually develop in lymphoma? Are there stage 4 patients with no b symptoms?

Do b symptoms eventually develop in lymphoma? Are there stage 4 patients with no b symptoms?

B Symptoms: B symptoms are any combination of persistent fevers, drenching night sweats/chills, or significant weight loss. Not all lymphoma patients get them. Not even all stage IV lymphoma patients get them. Patients without b symptoms and stage IV disease are staged as having stage iva disease. ...Read more

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What is stage 4 non-hodgkins lymphoma and what is the prognosis?

What is stage 4 non-hodgkins lymphoma and what is the prognosis?

Need more info: Stage 4 means involving the bone marrow (or other "extranodal" organs). The prognosis depends on a variety of factors including the subtype of non-hodgkin's lymphoma. ...Read more

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What treatments are there for stage 4 non hodgkin's lymphoma?

Many good treatments: You should go and see a Medical oncologist. They can treat you with chemotherapy which works very well and can often cure this disease. But avoid delays in getting to a good Oncologist or to a major Cancer center where you can find specialists for treating Lymphoma. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have stage 4 lymphoma and not know it?

Yes. Lots of types: There are a number of ways that a lymphoma can be classified as stage four and there are different types of lymphomas. Having bone marrow involvement or having small tumors on both sides of the diaphragm and in nonlymphatic organs like the bone or liver or lungs can all define a lymphoma as stage four. Depending on where these tumors are found they may or may not cause symptoms initially. Fatigue. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate with large b cell lymphoma stage 4?

50%: However, there are numerous features about an individual lymphoma that point to worse or better survival for that individual. And survival is dependent on treatment as well; the use of the monoclonal antibody, rituximab, greatly impacts on survival. Finally, the medical community does not equate survival with cure, so we tend to talk about five year survival and ten year survival. ...Read more

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Non hodgkin's lymphoma stage 4 life expectancy?

Depends...: ....On the "flavor" of the lymphoma. Patients with stage IV low grade lymphomas may do well for years without treatment whereas a stage IV aggressive lymphoma has a more variable course. ...Read more