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What is life expectancy for stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma that has spread to spine, liver & spleen?

What is life expectancy for stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma  that has spread to spine, liver  & spleen?

Depends: Many types of non-hodgkins lymphoma and prognosis varies. Even with stage iv, some are very curable. Need more details. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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Non hodgkin's lymphoma stage 4 life expectancy?

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

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Stage 4 non hodgkin's lymphoma 10 year survival rate?

Stage 4 non hodgkin's lymphoma 10 year survival rate?

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

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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?

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 more

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What would treatment look like for a teenager experiencing non-hodgkin's lymphoma, stage i or ii?

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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My father (age 65) is diagnosed with non hodgkin's lymphoma of t cell origin..Doctors said its 2nd stage. Is it curable ?

My father (age 65) is diagnosed with non hodgkin's lymphoma of t cell origin..Doctors said its 2nd stage. Is it curable ?

Not likely curable: But it is often quite treatable, and new drugs are being released quite often. Most persons his age will die with this lymphoma rather than of it. ...Read more

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If I have non-hodgkin's lymphoma, how often do I need checkups?

If I have non-hodgkin's lymphoma, how often do I need checkups?

Indefinitely: If you have completed your treatment and you are in remission, it is recommended that your are seen by an oncologist every 3-6 months for 5 years, and annually thereafter (2012 nccn guidelines). http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/nhl.pdf. ...Read more

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How is non-hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosed?

How is non-hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosed?

Scans and biopsy: Patients may have a lump(s) or feel quite ill with fever, night sweats, weight loss and/or anemia which brings them in to the ED or md. Many times blood tests and scans/x-rays are done which lead to a suspicion of lymphoma. A biopsy is required to prove that indeed the patient has lymphoma and also to tell exactly what type of lymphoma they have. ...Read more

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What is non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Lymph system cancer: Nhl is a large group of related cancers which originate in the lymph tissues of the body. These cells normally help fight infection but become cancerous and grow out of control. They may stay in the lymph nodes or also be found in any part of the body or organs. Some grow slowly (indolent) while others are more aggressive. You doctor will run a series of test to stage and type the lymphoma. ...Read more

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Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma (Definition)

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, is a type of cancer where the slow overgrowth of a type of immune cell leads to lymph node enlargement, weight loss, night sweats, fatigue, abdominal ...Read more


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