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Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma Stage 4
Still good prognosis: Survival rates for nhl vary widely, depending on the lymphoma type, stage, age of the patient, and other variables. The overall 5-year relative survival rate for patients with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma is 63% and the 10-year relative survival rate is 51%. All the best, hk. ...Read more
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
What is life expectancy for stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma that has spread to spine, liver & spleen?
I had stage 4 aggressive non-hodgkin's lymphoma last year, 6 months later I am cancer free! what are the chances of it coming back?
Better than even: This depends on variables including your age (younger does better), but even ten years ago, about 2/3 of people with stage IV (and stage is the major prognosticator) who were alive at one year were alive at ten (at which point it's unlikely to recur). Your oncologist has better numbers, but for any individual, it's either 0% or 100%. Cherish each new day, and best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on subtype: There are many different subtypes of non hodgkin lymphoma. Some are highly curable despite their advanced stage (stage iv) , such as diffuse large b cell lymphoma. Others are very slowly growing and patients can survive for yrs or even decades, such as follicular or small lymphocytic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be cured: And you are likely on retuximab too. Please ask your doctor why thaey have not made clear what your chances are, and why you should be optimistic. ...Read more
Use IPI/FLIPI Score: The prognosis of nhl (non-hodgkin lymphoma) is better defined by a score called the international prognostic index (ipi) for aggressive nhl or follicular ipi (flipi) for low grade nhl. Age, performance status, stage, extra nodal sites, ldh value, hemoglobin, Albumin are figured into the score which categorizes pts into low, intermediate or high risk for relapse or poor survival. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would treatment look like for a teenager experiencing non-hodgkin's lymphoma, stage i or ii?
Depends on type: Not common but not different than for adult, i think: if indolent- surgery and possibly radiation then watchful waiting (maybe with bone marrow harvest for later use) if more aggressive, would use biochemotherapy (i.e.: "r-chop") after surgery. May also include radiation and marrow harvest. ...Read more
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