Reed-Sternberg. Cell, usual logical predictable spread. Nhl may be cd-20+ & b-cell, less predictable, wide ranging prognosis, from chronic & long to quite aggressive. Both treate with multi-aget chemo + rituxin in nhl.
Different lymphomas. There are around 30 different types of lymphoma distinguished by how they look under the microscope, the proteins they bear on their cell surface, and the gene mutations that caused the problem to begin with. The type of treatment varies a lot between the different types and is too complicated to cover here. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America website will be your best bet for more details.
What's the difference between hodgkin lymphoma and non hodgkin lymphoma? Is one a lot worse than the other?
Many. Nhl is treated with different chemotherapy than hd. Stage for stage hd carries a better prognosis. Hd usually occurs in the young adult and the elderly; nhl occurs most often during middle age. Many different grades of nhl (low grade, intermediate, high) while hd is not divided into grades.
Cell type. There are two major types of lymphocytes, T and B. Both can cause lymphoma. What you are referring to is a lymphoma of the B cell type.
? No way to answer that without a pathology report.
You would need. To ask the doctors that sent you for the biopsy to establish the diagnosis, there are b cells and t-cells and a variety of types depending upon markers and gene re-arrangements. The treatment and prognosis varies with that information, so ask them.
Specific to disease. Depending on the type of lymphoma (there are many), how you were treated and if you are in remission or have stable disease, the frequency of check ups and the types of tests done will vary. Many times patients are brought in more frequently for "mini" checkups and seen by the pa or np who communicate with the md just to make sure things are going ok.
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.
NHL. Non Hodgkin's lymphoma = cancer that originates in lymphatics.
Usually swollen node. Nhl is a malignancy of the lymphatic system and can present anywhere in the body. There are over 50 subtypes of nhl depending on which organ in involves. Typically, it presents as enlarged lymph nodes and can be associated with other symptoms including fevers, weight loss, itching, shortness of breath. It is diagnosed by removal of a lymph node that is then assigned to the subtype.