Burkitt Lymphoma is a form of cancer that starts in the B cells or the immune cells. It can be caused by Esptein Barr virus and malaria, in small children as well. It may be endemic or related to immunodeficiency as well. The symptoms include weight and appetite loss, fatigue, persistent fever and night sweating.
HOW IS BURKITT LYMPHOMA DIAGNOSED?
A specialist from the Haematology department or a general physician can diagnose the condition with the help of a chest X ray or a CT scan of the chest, spinal fluid testing, blood tests to study the functioning of the kidney and liver, as well as a Gallium Scan. Also, a bone marrow biopsy may be used for diagnosis.
HOW IS BURKITT LYMPHOMA TREATED?
The doctor may inject chemotherapy drugs into the cerebrospinal fluid, to deal with the spread of this disease into the fluid contained in the brain and spinal cord. Also, medication like Rituximab, Vincristine, Etoposide and others may be prescribed.
DID YOU KNOW?
In some cases surgical removal of the affected parts of intestines may be required.