FAQ - Lymphoma
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what are some symptoms of lymphoma that is in your abdomen?
i know that abdomenal pain and swelling is a symptom but are they both together or can you have just abdomenal swelling?
how big does your belly get with swollen abdomen? also is it firm? what does it feel like?
thanks in advance!
http://cancer.about.com/od/lymphoma/a/lymphsymptoms.htm (+ info
Has anyone out there been diagnosed with lymphoma. My boyfriend has just been recently diagnosed with lymphoma. We are still in the dark as to what stage and which type it is, but we will find out. I was wondering if anyone can give me insight for what is ahead for us. How did you feel? What treatments did you go through? How did you feel going through them? I really want to support him through this and was just wondering what he might go through. Granted, I know not everone is the same, but any insight is good. Thank You.
I am a NHL survivor (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma)
I went thru 1 year of treatments, no radiation. First you have to find out what stage the cancer is, and what your doctor recommends for a treatment. There are many options out there, ck out the website: Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Good info there.
Hang in there, this is something that is curable. (+ info
What is low grade lymphoma and how is it treated?
My friend just had a melanoma removed on her leg a month ago and two days ago they removed her lymph node near her iliac crest. The preliminary biopsy says it is not melanoma, but now they suspect it is low grade lymphoma. One doctor told her it could be a "false positive" Pet Scan. There is another suspicious lymph node at her aortic base. They did not biopsy that. Is it normal to have a melanoma and lymphoma, or did they just happen to discover these inflammed lymph nodes because of the melanoma promting the Pet Scan. Is it possible she has always had inflammed lymph nodes? I sure hope so!
I assume 'low grade' means the tumour (if that's what it is) is not dividing particularly rapidly and is possibly not as invasive/liable to spread as a higher grade tumour. This is good news as it means it should be easier to treat. (+ info
If Lymphoma goes into remission does that indicate the person is cured and can live normally?
My partner unfortunately has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. I am scared that I will lose him. He is beginning an aggressive one month round of Chemo therapy and I'm wondering if after the chemo, the Lymphoma goes into remission, does that eventually mean he is "cured" and can live a normal life?
A few different things to consider.
There are two major kinds of lymphoma. There is a specific type called Hodgkin's Disease and then there is Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is basically every other lymphatic system cancer that isn't considered Hodgkin's Disease. There are about 30 different kinds of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
A remission generally means that the person simply has no evidence of disease. In lymphoma, a person often will go into remission, but then still need more chemotherapy and/or radiation to make sure any microscopic disease has been wiped out. For example, in Hodgkin's Disease, two cycles of "extra" chemotherapy are commonly given beyond the initial remission point.
A cure in lymphoma is generally defined as being in remission for five or more years, with no relapse. For purposes of defining "cure," the period of time is measured from the end of treatment, not the initial remission point. Hodgkin's Disease and some kinds of Non-Hodgkin's are considered curable. Some kinds of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are considered treatable, but incurable. This means that although it may be possible to control the lymphoma or even achieve a remission, it will almost always come back.
Lymphoma that comes back after initial remission may bey treated with high dose chemotherapy and stem or bone marrow transplant. This treatment can provide very long-term remission rates for some people, possibly even cure.
A person with lymphoma in remission should be able to live a normal life. Sometimes the drugs used to treat the lymphoma have long term side effects, but many people return to normal life and are able to exercise, work, etc. It depends on the individual.
Because lymphoma is such a diverse set of cancers, it is difficult to generalize without knowing what a person's specific subtype is. Generally, the type of lymphoma (HD vs. NHL, then what specific type of NHL), stage of disease, and the person's overall health are most important to determining how well a person does.
Best of luck to you both. (+ info
What is the survival rate of a person diagnosed with lymphoma of the lungs?
My sister just got a probable diagnosis of Lymphoma in her lungs. I just want to know how serious this is. So if any one can help, it would be much obliged. And what kind of treatments are there?
All cancer is very serious and all the different kinds of lymphoma have the potential to be fatal. But, lymphoma that is in the lungs is also potentially CURABLE. A lot depends on what kind of lymphoma your sister has.
Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system) is divided into two major types: Hodgkin's Disease (most common in ages 15 to 35) and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Which kind of lymphoma your sister has will depend on the results of the biopsy.
Lymphoma that has spread to the lungs generally will be staged as 4. There are four stages in lymphoma; stage 4 denotes disease outside the lymphatic system that has spread to an organ like the lung, liver, or bone marrow.
Hodgkin's Disease very commonly begins in the chest and may spread to the lungs. Stage IV Hodgkin's Disease has a cure rate with chemotherapy of 50% or better. (Actual prognosis depends on a number of other factors.) I know there are many Hodgkin's survivors who had lung involvement. Hodgkin's Disease is a fairly rare cancer, about 8,000 cases per year. (However, there are a lot of us Hodgkin's survivors running around because it is such a potentially curable cancer.)
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a much more diverse group of cancers. There are about 60,000 cases of N-HL every year. There are over 30 different kinds of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. These can range from curable kinds (Burkitts, Diffuse Large B-Cell) to non-curable kinds (mantle cell for example is very difficult to cure). Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas are usually grouped together as aggressive or indolent (depending on how fast they spread). Some lymphomas grow very fast, others grow slow.
Lymphoma is generally treated with chemotherapy, sometimes with the addition of radiation. Very limited lymphoma is sometimes just treated with radiation. Lymphomas tend to be very sensitive to chemotherapy and as I said, even stage IV lymphoma is potentially curable depending on what kind it is.
I've included some good sources to learn more about lymphoma below.
Hodgkin's Disease specific:
Message boards for both N-HL and HD:
The LLS: http://www.leukemia.org/hm_lls
Lymphoma Information Network: http://www.lymphomainfo.net/
Best of luck to your sister. (+ info
What are preventive measures of Lymphoma cancer after undergoing chemotherapy ?
My father in law has been under chemotherapy for Lymphoma and already taken six cycles.Tests have suggested that he almost got rid of it now. how recurrence can be prevented ?.. the diet to be avoided / to be taken ? please suggest .
ayurveda having a lot of antioxidant therapy....so consult nearest ayurvedic doctor. (+ info
What are the chances of surviving lymphoma?
My friends mother was just diagnosed with lymphoma, I didn't want to ask her too many questions because she was upset.
All I know is that she has lots of small tumors in her organs and that it's lymphoma.
Do any of you know someone who has lymphoma? How long did they live? What are her chances?
Tell me your personal experiences. Anything, please.
Short answer- may be curable.
Would need to know whether Hodgkin's or Non-Hodgkin's, stage, age, lab data, current health status to say more, but...
Hodgkin's disease is highly curable, even in advanced stages, may occasionally require more aggressive therapy (like stem cell transplant), but some tmes is refractory (unresponsive) to therapy.
NHL is a varied mix ranging from slow growing but incurable types to aggressive but many times curable.
Chemotherapy is mainstay of treatment for widespread disease for either type.
Take heart, pray for her. Best wishes (+ info
What can cause an inhomogenous spleen in hodgkin lymphoma?
My friend has Hodgkin lymphoma and his disease has gone away in his chest but he still has tiny densities and mild inhomogenity on his spleen. He is done with chemotherapy. What does it mean to have inhomogenous stuff on the spleen? Is it like a scar?
This is a term used by radiologists that does not help us much as clinicians because it is so non-specific. It probably means nothing. We can't safely biopsy the spleen - it bleeds too easily. If the Hodgkin's lymphoma has resolved in the chest, it is not very likely that the lymphoma is active in the "inhomogeneous" areas of the spleen.
To really know what is going on in the spleen, you would have to surgically remove it. This will not be recommended with an uncertain report stating "inhomogeneous." Follow-up and time are the key. There is no better test in this situation than the "test of time" to see if your friend has a durable remission. There is no great hurry to find recurrence. I would assume a positive outlook. We do well treating Hodgkin's lymphomas in most patients. Our best chemotherapy is given first, and your friend is finished with that. (+ info
How soon should lymphoma symptoms start?
I have had a very hard lump under right jawline for a while that wont go away with antibiotics. Im gettin it tested yes but Im thinking its cat scratch fever..AGAIN.
Its been there a few months, just wondering, if it was lymphoma, wouldnt I already be experiencing some other symptoms by now?
I wouldn't get advice from anyone online. I wouldn't want to know whats wrong from some 12 year old Doogie Howser wanna be in his Moms basement you know? (+ info
What are the chances of survival for 3 month old lymphoma?
My friend went to the doctor several times over the last 3 months, and each time the doctor said it was an infection, and prescribed medicine to heal it. But it never healed. So they went to a different doctor and it turns out that it is lymphoma cancer.
He goes into surgery tomorrow. What do you think his chances of survival are, considering he went 3 months without knowing it was cancer?
my husband has been going through treatment for lymphoma for 5 years now.....it took about 8 months beefier they diagnosed him correctly......he has had chemo (loads of it) a stem cell transplant with his own stem cells and a stem cell transplant with his sister's stem cells.....he is not cancer free, and won't be, but with these treatments he is able to have a good quality of life and a prolonged life.....if he had not had the last stem cell transplant he would not be here right now. he is very positive and strong......give your friend much strength, support and be there for him/her to "lean on" ...i will send out much positive thoughts to you and your friend and i wish for all the very best!!! (+ info