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Lymphoma

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Lymphoma is a type of cancer that originates in the lymphatic system. The latter is a network of tissues, vessels, and organs through which the lymph is transported through the body, and back into the bloodstream.

The function of the lymph is to aid the exchange of nutrients and gases between the bloodstream and cells of tissues. The function of the lymphatic system is to protect the human body from infection and disease. It produces white blood cells or lymphocytes, which fight infection by multiplying.

Lymphoma can develop within the white blood cells, the lymph nodes, and sometimes within the spleen. Like any other cancer, lymphoma can be treated.

The earlier the diagnosis, the higher are the chances of complete recovery.

Types of Lymphoma

Types of Lymphoma

There are two types of lymphoma:

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

The cancerous cells can develop anywhere in the body, in the lymph nodes. The risks increase as we approach late adulthood – age 60 to 80. Men are more susceptible than women.

Hodgkin Lymphoma

This type typically begins in the upper body in areas like the neck, chest, or armpits. The cancer tends to spread more predictably. This makes it easier to diagnose and treat.

Hodgkin lymphoma is more common in early adulthood – age 20 to 39 – and late adulthood – age 65 and above. Again, men are slightly more susceptible than women to developing Hodgkin’s lymphoma in late adulthood.

Lymphoma symptoms

Lymphoma symptoms

Lymphoma cancer symptoms tend to overlap with the symptoms of several other conditions and diseases. Be alert to the following symptoms, and fix an appointment with a specialist for a professional opinion, as soon as possible.

Lymphoma symptoms

An accurate diagnosis early on can change the trajectory of one’s health.

Watch out for these symptoms:

Lymphoma causes

Lymphoma causes

Those with a family history of lymphoma are at risk of also developing lymphoma. Additionally, many conditions can trigger the development of lymphoma.

Researchers have identified the following causes for lymphoma so far:

Lymphoma diagnosis

Lymphoma diagnosis

Medical care providers conduct some tests to aid in the diagnosis of lymphoma, before coming up with a treatment plan. Medical science keeps evolving, so your specialist may use newer methods.

Here’s a list of common tests:

Lymphoma treatment

Lymphoma treatment

Several therapies are used to treat lymphoma, and research is continuously evolving to identify newer treatments. Your specialist will diagnose you, and come up with a relevant course of treatment. Popular treatments are as follows:

Preventing Lymphoma

Preventing Lymphoma

If one has a family history of lymphoma, it’s best to get regularly screened at least once a year. Also being alert to the symptoms and going in for an early diagnosis increases the chances of prevention.

If you notice the symptoms getting more aggravated, then you can even go directly to the emergency room. This includes high fever, abdominal pain, chills, wet cough, and continuous diarrhea.

The Takeaway

The Takeaway

Some Lymphoma risk factors make you more susceptible to the disease than others. These can include exposure to radiation, a compromised immune system, and exposure to certain drugs.

Lymphoma, if diagnosed early, can be treated. Hence, it is advisable not to delay in getting a specialist to run tests and come up with a course of action. Make sure you approach a specialist in a hospital with a well-equipped oncology department, for swift and accurate diagnosis, and treatment.

To seek treatment for lymphoma, visit our specialists at the CK Birla Hospital, or book an appointment with Dr Mansi Chowhan.

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