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imiddle-aged or older adults. Patients with mantle cell lymphoma have too much of a protein called cyclin-D1 or a certain gene change in the lymphoma cells. It begins in the lymph nodes and spreads to the spleen, bone marrow, blood and sometimes the esophagus, stomach and intestines.


Oncologists have to discern if the cancer is new or recurrent, indolent (slow growing) or aggressive (fast growing) or if affected lymph nodes are next to one another before decid- ing on a course of treatment. They must also determine what stage the cancer is in. The specific type of NHL and the stage at which it is found will determine treatment, which may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy or stem-cell transplant. Newer treatments use biologic medications – antibodies that target B cells.


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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA

ANGELA S. HOOVER





Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

NHL is actually a heterogeneous group of over 30 types of cancers with differences in the microscopic appearance and biological characterizations of the malignant lymphocytes. There are two types of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. Cutaneous anaplastic large-cell lymphoma mostly affects the skin. Symptoms include one or more bumps or ulcers on the skin. Systemic anaplastic large-cell lymphoma begins in the lymph nodes and may affect other parts of the body. It is more common in children than adults. Lymphoblastic lymphoma is most common in teenagers and young adults. Most patients with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma are women who are age 30 to 40 years. Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma affects blood vessels, especially the small blood vessels in the brain, kidney, lung and skin.


Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma begins in T cells. Swollen lymph nodes are a common sign. Other signs may include a skin rash, fever, weight loss or drenching night sweats. Patients may also have opportunistic infections because their immune systems are weakened. Signs of adult T-cell leukemia/ lymphoma include bone and skin lesions, high blood calcium levels and lymph nodes, spleen and liver that are larger than normal. Mantle cell lymphoma usually occurs in

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a type of cancer that forms in the lymph system. As part of the immune system, the lymph system helps protect the body from infection and disease by using lymphocytes, or white blood cells, which are stored in the lymph nodes. With NHL, cancer spreads via the lymph system to other parts of the body.


According to Medicine Net, NHL is the sixth most common cancer. Its prevalence has been steadily increasing over the past decades. Being older, being male and having a weakened immune system can increase the risk of developing adult NHL. Signs and symptoms of adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma include swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, groin or stomach; fever; drenching night sweats; weight loss; and fatigue. You may also experience a skin rash or itchy skin or have pain in the chest, abdomen or bones for no known reason.


Several different types of tests can help detect NHL. These tests examine the lymph system and other parts of the body to help diagnose and stage adult NHL. One procedure utilizes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the injection of the chemical element gadolinium. Gadolinium collects around cancer cells, making them show up brighter in the MRI. Another procedure called a lumbar puncture or spinal tap collects cerebrospinal fluid from the spinal column. The type of abnormal cells identified in the sample determines whether a lymphoma is classified as Hodgkin’s disease or NHL.