Hematology & Oncology
Lymphoma is cancer that begins in cells of the lymph system. The lymph system is part of the immune system, which helps the body fight infection and disease. Because lymph tissue is found all through the body, lymphoma can begin almost anywhere. The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). These can occur in both children and adults.
Symptoms of Lymphoma
Symptoms of Lymphoma include painless swelling in a lymph node, most commonly in the neck or armpits, but the swelling can occur in other parts of the body including the groin (that may cause swelling in the legs or ankles) or the abdomen (that can cause cramping and bloating). Some patients with lymphoma notice no swelling at all while others may complain of night sweats, weight loss, chills, a lack of energy, or itching. There is usually no pain involved, especially when the lymphoma is in the early stage of development. Most people who have nonspecific complaints such as these will not have lymphoma. However, it is important that any person who has symptoms that persist see a doctor to confirm that no lymphoma or serious illness is present.
Diagnosis of Lymphoma
Tests and procedures used to diagnosis lymphoma include a thorough physical examination, blood tests, imaging tests, bone marrow for testing.
Treatment of Lymphoma
Minor surgery may be done to remove all or part of an enlarged lymph node for testing. The lymph node is sent to a laboratory for testing. Some patients have low levels of their own antibodies (immunoglobulins) to fight infection. This can lead to lung and/or sinus infections that keep coming back. The level of antibodies in the blood can be checked with a blood test, and if they are low, replacement therapy with immune globulin may be initiated.
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