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Prognosis and Top Treatments for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:46 AM

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is also abbreviated as NHL. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system of the body. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can develop as different types of cancer. Mostly, this cancer type involves B cells and T cells in a small percentage. Enlargement of one or more lymph nodes in the groin, neck, or armpits is usually the first sign of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Enlargement of the lymph nodes is usually painless in this cancer.

Some symptoms associated with NHL cancer are as follows:
  • Fever
  • Drenching night sweating
  • Severe itching
  • Unexplained weight loss
Prognosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Prognosis of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is considered based on its two types — indolent or aggressive. It is difficult to treat indolent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is curable. The indolent form of this cancer may occur after periods of remission. Due to the advancement of new drugs and treatments for cancer, survival rate of NHL has improved significantly. Consult your doctor for more precise advice on the survival rate of the particular type of NHL.
Treatments of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Treatments of NHL depend upon various factors. Age, type of cancer, overall health, and stage of the cancer are some factors that are taken into account for deciding the treatments. Doctor can better advise patients about their prognosis and survival rate.

Some treatments are mentioned below:
  • Radiation is among the most frequent NHL treatments. Radioimmunotherapy treatments can be used in some cases. These involve linking of radioactive substances to the antibodies targeting the cancerous cells. This substance is injected in the body as part of the treatments.
  • Chemotherapy is among the treatments helpful for treating NHL. High-dose chemotherapy may be used if NHL recurs or if the initial treatments are unable to control the cancer. After these treatments, stem cell transplants may be performed. 
  • Some treatments use Rituximab for patients suffering from NHL. This biological drug is being used increasingly and may be included in chemotherapy treatments.
  • Stem cell transplantation is also one of the beneficial treatments for NHL patients.  
  • Blood transfusions may be required if blood counts are found to be low. Instead of blood transfusions, platelet transfusions may be performed as treatments in some instances. 

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Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that affects the lymphatic system of the body. Prognosis depends upon the type of NHL cancer the patient is suffering from. Survival rate of NHL has improved with the advancement of new treatments.
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