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What is lymphoma?

What is lymphoma?

Malignancy: A lymphoma isma malignancy of a certain type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells are found in the lymphatic system and the blood stream. When the disease appears primarily in lymph nodes it is called a lymphoma. There are many different types of lymphoma.

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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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Is lymphoma inherited?

Is lymphoma inherited?

Rarely: There is a very small risk of hereditary lymphoma. First degree relatives of patients with myeloma, lymphoma or cll carry a slightly higher chance of getting these diseases.

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Is lymphoma transmissible?

No: Lymphoma itself is not communicable/infectious. However, some infectious diseases may be associated with the development of various types of lymphoma. Eg -- gastric malt (hp0, ocular (chlamydia psittaci), spelnnic (hcv), t cell (htlv1), nhl (hiv), primary effusion (hhv8), ipsid (campylobacter jejuni), primary cutaneous bcl (borrelia burgdorferi).

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What is hotchkins lymphoma ?

What is hotchkins lymphoma
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Hodgkin's lymphoma: Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of b cell lymphocytes in lymphatic organ/lymph glands. It is separated from other b cell lymphoma based on its unique clinical and pathological features.

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What are the signs of lymphoma?

What are the signs of lymphoma?

B symptoms: Symptoms can include fever, night-sweats and weight loss for both non-hodgkin's lymphoma and hodgkin's disease. These are referred to as b symptoms and they are used in the staging of lymphoma. Thus a stage iii lymphoma with b symptoms would be given a stage iiib status. Other symptoms are related to pressure from the tumor causing pain, or fatigue.

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Is nonhodgkins lymphoma cureable?

Cancer.Net info: Depends on type, stage, patient characteristics. There is no one answer. More information is needed. A comprehensive and trusted overview of non-hodgkin lymphoma (nhl) is here: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lymphoma-non-hodgkin treatment info: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lymphoma-non-hodgkin/treatment.

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What are the symptoms of lymphomas?

They vary: Could be no symptoms or weight loss, drenching night sweats, development of enlarged lymph nodes, fevers, infections, fatigue..Many of these are caused by the disease progressing and causing other problems.

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What are the signs that you have lymphoma?

A lot or a few: Most people present after feeling a lump. Some present with weight loss, loss of appetite, unexplained fevers. Some present with unexplained itching of the skin. There are many symptoms depending on where the lymphoma is located. If in the chest, someone may present with a cough. Hope this helps.

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What happens if I had lymphoma, could it be treated?

Definitely!: Lymphoma is a broad term, but most types are well treated. Be sure to complete the work up/staging process to make sure that you can be given the most appropriate treatment. Chemotherapy is the 'backbone' of the treatment. In some situations, radiation treatment can be a very important part of treatment. I am sorry that you have been diagnosed with this, but know that medical treatment can help.

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What are the chances of surviving lymphoma in the u.S.?

More info: More information is needed. Hl or nhl? B cell or t cell? Subtype? Patient characteristics (young and health or old and ill)? There is no one simple answer at the individual patient level. See http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lymphoma-hodgkin and http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lymphoma-non-hodgkin.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is diffused b cell lymphoma?

Aggressive lymphoma: This is a type which is usually aggressive and can present at an advanced stage. Fortunately, the majority do respond well to modern chemotherapy regimens. A significant number relapse and require more therapy/ transplant.

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Does lymphoma cause elevated ESR?

Does lymphoma cause elevated ESR?

Yes it may: High ESR is a response to inflammatory process in body due to various disease like Tuberculosis,Rheumatoid arthritis, endocarditis .. list is long.In lymphoma like Hodgkin type higher esr is taken as poor prognosis. However esr is not a diagnostic method for these conditions ESR may be used as a crude method to see the response of treatment in Hodgkin lymphoma

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What is low grade b cell lymphoma?

Low grade lymphoma: Lymphomas are cancers that start in the lymphatic/immune system. There are many different kinds. Low grade means the cells are slow growing. B cell designates the immune cell the cancer started from.