Lymphomia cancer symptoms are when canser is seen to affect organs belonging to the immune system, or connected to it. This includes lymph nodes (typically where limphoma symptoms usually are seen first) and bone marrow. The cancer form exists in several types such as Hotchkins lymphoma, non-Hotchkins disease, Burkitts lymphoma and other more unusual types.
Hotchkins lymphoma, non-Hotchkins limphoma and the other of the lymphomas are different types of cancer diseases. Cancers imply the existense of an explosive cell growth located in one or several places in the body and in the case of this type of cancer disease (the Hodgins lymphomas and the other lymphomias), it is in the white blood cells that forms an important part of the immune defense system. Lymphomia canser will have different effects on different types of cells and also incure patterns of growth changing between the different cell types, this cancer form has a very spread range of progression types. Lymphoma cancer develops often in older people although the disease can develop at any age, whether Hotchkins, non-Hotchkins or other types (Hodgins et al). Although it sounds very dangerous, the fact is that many symptoms of lymphoma can today be cured.
Lymphoma cancer is sometimes also called lymphnode cancer. This type of cancer actually contains two different disease types containing uninhibited cell growth and internal changes to the lymph nodes or to the organs located in conjunction with the lymph system. Hodgins lymphomia and non-Hodgekins limphoma (Hodgkins comes from dr. Hotchkins, the English doctor discovering hodgekins disease).
Non-Hotchkins lymphoma can be triggered in many ways but one known risk factor for developing any type of non-Hodgins disease cancer is to have an organ transplant. Most of the lymphomas in the non-hodgins group can be classified as high grade B-cell tumor cancers. Because of the link to transplant surgery, non-Hodgekins lymphoma is sometimes also called called post transplant non-hodgins lymphoma, a type that is seen more and more with the growing number of organ transplants done. This non-Hodgins cancer form can often be set off by an infection by the Epstein Barr virus. In transplant surgery, there is often suppressive medication for the purpose of stopping the rejection of the newly transplanted organ by the immune system itself and these medications can also have an effect on the risk of developing hotchkins disease (hotchins). With a lymphoma belonging to this category, the risk increases for spreading to lungs and other internal organs, including the brain.
The reason or reasons that some people develop lymphomias is still largely unknown, although there is a guess that it is not (mainly) hereditary. Most cases of the hotchkins (or other limphomas) disease means that lymphomia's develop in the 40-70 year olds. Hodgkin's disease can often develop in younger adults, but also in elderly people.
Hodgekins disease is not a very common cancer form, it received its name from the English doctor Hodgkins who was the first to publish results on this canser type in the early 1830's. Hodgekins disease has been around for longer and also been kown much longer though, albeit without a proper name. There are notes as early as in the seventeenth century in older Italian medical litterature that accurately seems to describe this form of cancer.
Of all the lymphoma's, this is the most common form. Younger people tend to get more aggressive forms of non-Hodgins lymphoma while the older often develop slower and less aggressive non-Hotchkins lymphomas.
The non-Hotchkin lymphomai s a cancer developing within the lymphatic system. The non-Hotchkin form of this disease is one of the two major forms of lymphoma, the other is called Hodgins lymphoma cander. Most of the diagnosed limphomas belong to the non-Hodgekin lymphomias, with 75-85% of all cases.
The most common first symptom of this type of cancer is that the throat lymph nodes start to swell up. These lymph nodes are normally small, round and move away easily if you try to feel them. A healthy person will not notice these lymph nodes at all and a patient with slightly swollen throat lymph nodes will also not notice them much, there is no pain or anything, just a slight swelling.
It is also possible that these conditions will start in internal lymph nodes such as those in the lungs or other internal organs and in these cases, symptoms showing first are usually that a dry cough develops or there may be a pain in the stomach area or lower back region.
Among other signs and symptoms of lymphoma it may be worth mentioning fatigue, maybe a weight loss, nighttime sweats, itches and a general feeling of being bloated or not very well. Fevers can also develop, sometimes in concentrated attacks with a couple of weeks in between. There can also be temperature changes that usually arrive in combination with excessive sweating.
If you suddenly notice that there is a lump on your throat, maybe in your neck, or in the armpit, you should contact a specialist without delay. It is fairly likely that you will be sent on to a specialized doctor for a thorough examination of the lump, including maybe also a biopsy for test of tumor markers.
Treatments of Hodgins (hodgkins) lymphoma's have developed a lot recently and are today very good with around two thirds of diagnosed patients who will recover to a symptom free stage after being treated. The cancer treatment itself normally comprises of the use of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. For patients over 35-40, the prognosis is better and almost all patients in this age span are treated with a good result, depending mainly on the level (stage) of the canser at the time of diagnose. For older patients where the cancer has already spread outside the lymph nodes and into other organs, the prognosis is not as good but with around every second of the over 60's cured, it is still a large improvement over the case only some 15-20 years ago.
Treating non-Hodgekin lymphomia symptoms is done differently depending on what type of cancer it is (as the non-Hotchkins come in many flavors) and how much it has spread at the time of diagnose. Some forms of this condition (cancer) may show a chronical but still not malign progression and they may then require no treatment at all for a long period of time. Other types again can show a much more agressive progression and these will very likely require immediate and maybe also aggressive chemotherapy. A bone marrow transplant (using stem cells) can also be called for in the treatment. The more modern methods based on monocloned antibodies seem to have very promising results. Around half of the aggresive lymphomia cancer types diagnosed are treated and considered cured. Lymphomia symptoms treatment of Hochkins and non-Hotchkins disease cancers summary.
Hodgekins cancer (Hotchkins disease) is one of the less common cancer forms that got its name after the British dr Hodgkins (Hodgins disease). Non-Hodgekins (non hotchkins) lymphomia cansers are instead the ones more frequently seen. The old division into Hodgins and non-Hotchekins is becoming out of fashion and is now getting replaced by a newer classification of the lymphomas centered on the use of tumor markers for lymphomias.
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