Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is a cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the bodys immune system. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, also called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is cancer that originates in your lymphatic system, the disease-fighting network spread throughout your body. In non-Hodgkins lymphoma, tumors develop from lymphocytes a type of white blood cell.

Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is more common than the other general type of lymphoma Hodgkin lymphoma. Many different subtypes of non-Hodgkins lymphoma exist. The most common non-Hodgkins lymphoma subtypes include diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkins lymphoma symptoms may include:

Painless, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin

Abdominal pain or swelling

Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing

Fatigue

Fever

Night sweats, and

Weight loss

Your treatment options are determined based on the type and stage of your lymphoma, your age and your overall health. If your lymphoma appears to be slow growing, a wait-and-see approach may be an option. Treatment options include medications to boost the immune systems ability to fight cancer, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and stem cell transplant.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.