What Is Lymphoma?
For some people, hearing anything that they don’t understand can be a little frightening. This goes double when what they are hearing is a medical diagnosis that will affect them quite a bit in the future. This is the case for a lot of people when they first get the diagnosis of Lymphoma. Of course, it doesn’t help that there seem to be a lot of medical conditions that are very similar sounding. Discovering what lymphoma is will be your first step to recover.
So, what is lymphoma? Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphocytes. These tiny cells are supposed to be of assistance with the immune system. When a lymphoma develops the cells tend to lump together and the lymphoma appears as a tumor. This tumor is often attached to the lymph nodes, which can be found on the sides of the throat and at other places throughout the body. There are many different main kinds of lymphoma. The first is called Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is named after Thomas Hodgkin, the doctor who first wrote about it. The other lymphomas were being called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for a very long time but seeing as more and more lymphomas were appearing that weren’t related at all to Hodgkin’s lymphoma, this definition is difficult to keep up.
Recent numbers have the kinds of lymphomas up to somewhere around seventy. That’s seventy different kinds of a disease that are all lumped into the same category. The good news is that when you get lymphoma, at least the doctors have been able to isolate the problem, the bad news is now figuring out how to go about curing the problem. There are several different ways to treat lymphoma. Often, there will be a surgery that will remove the tumor that has caused the lymphoma. Like many cancers, lymphoma can be treated with chemotherapy, which insures that the cancer doesn’t return to the body.
The good news is that, as medicine advances, we are getting more and more treatments that should be able to eliminate the problem of lymphoma. With any luck the diagnosis of this disease will be much easier and the treatment will be more effective. At present, lymphoma is a difficult disease to catch on time because the symptoms are very vague and often seem unrelated. There are also some lymphomas that don’t seem to cause a lot of problems for the patient and only need to be monitored. Deciding the right course of action with your lymphoma is something you should talk about with your doctor.