Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a disease in which cancer calls are found in the lymph
system. The lymph system fights infections found in the body. People with AIDS
tend to pick up this disease. There are no specific early detections for this disease.
Every body is different, and this disease is already difficult to diagnose.
A few risk factors of this disease is: 1) inherited immunosupression, 2) acquired
immunosupression, and 3) a congenital inability to control Duncan’s Syndrome.
Presenting symptoms can include: 1) headaches, 2) nausea, 3) vomiting, 4)
dementia, 5) decreased consciousness and, 6) seizures.
Some signs of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are: 1) painless swelling in the lymph
nodes, 2) drenching night sweats, 3) tiredness, 4) unexplainable weight loss in the past
six months, or 5) itchy skin. If this symptoms are present a doctor may have to
perform a biopsy. The chances of recovery from the choice of treatment depend on
the stage of the cancer (whether it is just in one area or has spread throughout the
body), and the patient’s age and overall condition.
This disease can be treated with three different therapies or with a bone
marrow transplant. The three therapies are: 1) radiation therapy, 2) chemotherapy, and
3) biological therapy. The chances of overcoming this disease are slim because there is
no definite cure. Many people who go through the therapies acquire lung, brain, kidney,
bladder cancers after 20 years of treatment.
Frequently asked questions are:
What is the pain that is associated with non-Hodgkin’s disease like?
- Pain is a subjective symptom among cancer patients. Most will have some sort
of pain related to their malignancy. Chemotherapy can cause neuropathic pain
depending on the type and dosages of this treatment.
What is the difference between Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas?
-Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are the same except they have
noticeable differences in their pathology (appearance under a microscope) and
prognosis.