Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer

Definition

A cancer that occurs in the lymph nodes, spleen, and other organs of the immune system.

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending on where it is located and what specific kind it is.

  • Extreme night sweats
  • Itching
  • Fever/Chills (that come and go)
  • Swollen lymph nodes (in the neck, underarms, groin, or other areas)
  • Extreme weight loss
  • May also cause nausea, vomiting, extreme headaches, coughing/shortness of breath, seizures, and more.

Test for Diagnosis

  • Physical Exam
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Biopsy of Suspected Tissue
  • Blood Test
  • CT Scan
  • Gallium Scan
  • Positron Emission Tomography

Treatment

Vares on your age, overall health, stage of cancer, type, and symptoms.


  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Rituximab
  • Radioimmunotherapy
  • High-Dosage Chemotherapy & Bone Marrow Transplant (only if it came back after treatment)
  • Transfusion of Blood Products


Prevention

There is no real way to prevent NHL, because the cause is still unknown.


Risk Factors

  • Weakened Immune System (organ transplant and HIV)
  • Males (is more common in males than females)
  • Adults (not very common in children)


There is a 1 in 50 chance you will develop NHL.