Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, is a type of cancer affecting B cells, a type of white blood cell. Large amounts of a protein called immunoglobulin are made by the lymphoma cells. Increased amounts of this protein in the blood can cause the blood to thicken and lead to problems with circulation, such as decreased blood flow to organs like the brain or eyes. This can cause:
• blurring or loss of vision
• numbness and tingling of the fingers or toes (peripheral neuropathy) and other neurologic symptoms
HOW IS LYMPHOPLASMACYTIC LYMPHOMA DIAGNOSED?
This disease can be diagnosed by an oncologist through a blood test and a bone marrow test. Imaging scans could be advised to observe the spread of the cancer.
HOW IS LYMPHOPLASMACYTIC LYMPHOMA TREATED?
Treatment depends on the overall health of the patient and the stage of the condition. Initially, doctors may suggest watchful waiting if the condition is progressing slowly and there are no symptoms. This is followed with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and stem cell transplant based on the condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
This disorder does not require immediate treatment and can be monitored through regular blood test.