The cancer that starts in the lymphocytes or the infection-fighting cells that are present in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow and other parts of the body is known as lymphoma. Swollen lymph nodes, fever, stomach pain, weight loss and shortness of breath or a cough are usually the symptoms of this cancer.
HOW IS LYMPHOMA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Lymphoma is based on the symptoms and a physical examination. The general physician may conduct a complete physical examination of the lymph nodes and spleen and liver. Blood tests are ordered for detecting cancer cells. Imaging tests and examination of the removed lymph node helps confirm diagnosis
HOW IS LYMPHOMA TREATED?
The main treatments for lymphoma are:
• Radiation therapy
• stem cell transplant.
• An autologous transplant uses your own stem cells.
• An allogeneic transplant uses stem cells taken from a donor.
DID YOU KNOW?
The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). These can occur in both children and adults. Most people with Hodgkin lymphoma have the classic type. With this type, there are large, abnormal lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) in the lymph nodes called Reed-Sternberg cells. Hodgkin lymphoma can usually be cured.