A new test may help people with a common form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma know how aggressive their cancer is.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. Lymphocytes are in the lymph nodes and other lymphoid tissues (such as the spleen and bone marrow).
Follicular lymphoma is the second most common form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and accounts for more than 20% of all cases. Follicular lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes, which are an important part of the immune system, the body’s natural defense system against infection.
One thing that’s known about non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is that people whose immune systems aren’t working well — such as AIDS patients — are at increased risk. And the immune function depends on proper nutrition.
The body is designed to repair things, but if the body is not getting proper nutrition, the immune system discontinue to function? Everything relates to the nutrients in the dietary intake.
But the survival time of people with follicular lymphoma varies greatly and may range from one year to more than 20 years after the cancer is diagnosed. That wide variation has prompted researchers to search for ways to predict how follicular lymphoma may progress.
In this study, researchers found that a test that screens for particular genetic patterns was able to accurately predict survival time for people with follicular lymphoma.
Signs and symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
The signs and symptoms of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma can occur in other diseases as well, so it is extremely important to see a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. One of the main symptoms of NHL, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, is the swelling of lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are located in the armpit, groin and neck. In NHL, lymph nodes will usually be enlarged, but painless. Other symptoms that are seen in NHL include fatigue, fever, weight loss without reason, night sweats and swelling of the abdomen. Since any of these symptoms can occur with other diseases or illnesses, their presence does not necessarily point to Non-Hodgkins lymphoma; however, anyone experiencing them should take them seriously and consult a doctor.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Treatment
In order to understand the best treatment options available for lymphoma, it is important to determine the stage or where the cancer has spread in the body. All new treatment information is categorized and discussed by the stage, or extent, of the disease. Determining the extent of spread or the stage of the cancer requires a number of procedures including computerized tomography (CT) and/or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and blood tests. The goal of staging lymphoma is to determine which patients have early and which have advanced stage cancer.
Stage I: Cancer is found only in a single lymph node, in the area immediately surrounding that node, or in a single organ.
Stage II: Cancer involves more than one lymph node area on one side of the diaphragm (the breathing muscle separating the abdomen from the chest).
Stage III: The cancer involves lymph node regions above and below the diaphragm. For example, there may be swollen lymph nodes under the arm and in the abdomen.
Stage IV: Cancer involves one or more organs outside the lymph system or a single organ and a distant lymph node site.
In some patients, the lymphoma may grow out of the lymph system into adjacent organs. This is referred to as extranodal extension and designated by an “E” following the stage. For example, a stage II lymphoma that extended into the lungs would be referred to as stage IIE.
Patients with malignant lymphoma may also experience general symptoms from their disease. Patients with fever, night sweats or significant weight loss are said to have “B” symptoms. If these specific symptoms are not present, patients are further classified as “A”.
Homeopathy cancer protocol from Welling Clinic can be very effective as a stand-alone option for the treatment of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and also in combination with other conventional treatments. Homeopathy in general improves the chances of complete recovery and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has a very low recurrence rate if the Homeopathy treatment protocol is initiated at the earliest stage along with the traditional treatment options.
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