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My brother has lymphoma. What should I tell him?

My brother has lymphoma. What should I tell him?

Mostly curable: There are two main types of lymphoma, hodgkins and non hodgkins. Most of them are highly curable and treatment mostly consists of chemotherapy and radiation. The exact prognosis depends on the stage, the pathology and size of lymphoma. For most cases we can be optimistic about outcome. ...Read more

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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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I just found out a couple of days ago that my brother has lymph cancer or lymphoma?

Unclear question: All lymphomas are treatable and some may be curable. Please provide support to your brother. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my brother has hodgkins lymphoma and he had a bone marrow transplant and got gvhd, what will happen now?

What do you suggest if my brother has hodgkins lymphoma and he had a bone marrow transplant and got gvhd, what will happen now?

Immune reaction: Graft versus host disease (GvHD) occurs following an allogeneic bone marrow transplant where donated marrow cells view your brothers body as foreign, and attack his body. A Factor that increase acute GvHD, is the HLA match, which causes donor cells to recognize recipient cells as foreign, leading to an immune response.This causes an increased risk of infection, rash etc treated with steroids ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have lymphoma?

Normal nodes can be: Found from head to toe, and lymphoma can arise in any place where nodes are, and even "extranodal" sites. Fever, weight loss, and drenching sweats are called b symptoms, indicating a wore prognosis, pruritus or itching is another finding. There is the hodgkin's type, and a variety of others. This is very treatable and curable. ...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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How can I tell if I have castlemans disease or lymphoma?

Biopsy: Biopsy. The presentation of cd and lymphoma can be similar and may require a center that sees more of it to review. Here is a patient oriented review: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/castleman-disease/ds01000. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if this were lymphoma, could it be treated?

Can you tell me if this were lymphoma, could it be treated?

Lymphomas: ...are amongst the most highly treatable tumors, and many people with lymphoma have been cured. However, there are different types, some of which grow slower and are harder to eradicate. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is lymphoma suspected from a fbc?

You mean a CBC?: Patients with certain lymphomas may have abnormal or elevated lymphocytes in the peripheral blood or may have decreased blood counts (whites, reds, and/or platelets). It all depends on the kind of lymphoma and its stage. Very often there will be absolutely no sign in the cbc. If you suspect lymphoma, visit your primary doc and let he/she take it from there. Best to you. ...Read more

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If someone has lymphoma when would they start losing like so much weight they could tell?

Yes: I think you are asking 'if a DX of lymphoma has been made by an oncologist (cancer specialist), would weight loss start occurring, and if so, would it be so much weight loss that it was noticeable.' weight loss is not necessarily a part of lymphoma. If one is losing a good deal of weight from the lymphoma, it is not a good sign. If wt loss due to chemotherapy/nausea, different story. Ask the doc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, if I am diagnosed with lymphoma specifically how long will I have to wait to be treated?

Not long: Your doc should refer you to Florida Cancer Specialist, a grp of hundreds of lymphoma specialist in your area. Also, Dr Sokol, my colleague at Moffitt Cancer Center has weekly appts for lymphoma patients, his specialty. ...Read more

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