Lymphoma Cancer - Types and Treatments
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in infection-fighting cells of the immune system called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, thymus, bone marrow and other parts of the body.
Types of Lymphoma Cancer
There are 2 most common types of lymphoma cancer.
The Hodgkin’s lymphomas are a strange type of the disease and are characterized by Reed-Sternberg cells. This type of cancer has a unique property, that it can’t be seen under a microscope.
Non-Hodgkin’s are the most common of the disease and are not characterized by Reed-Sternberg cells. This type of cancer is based on appearance and can be only seen under a microscope.
Symptoms of Lymphoma Cancer
Some of the common Lymphoma cancer symptoms include:
- Swollen glands, often in the neck, armpit
- Shortness of breath
- Night Sweats
- Weight loss
Lymphoma Cancer treatment and therapy options
Some of the Lymphoma cancer treatment includes:
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells.
Radiation therapy makes use of high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells.
Immunotherapy makes use the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells.
Can Lymphoma Cancer be cured?
For patients with fast-growing lymphomas, the disease can be cured but slow-growing lymphomas can’t be cured but a patient may live for years.