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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer

Definition

Any of a large group of cancers of lymphocytes (white blood cells). Non-Hodgkin lymphomas can occur at any age and are often marked by lymph nodes that are larger than normal, fever, and weight loss. There are many different types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. These types can be divided into aggressive (fast-growing) and indolent (slow-growing) types, and they can be formed from either B-cells or T-cells. Lymphomas that occur after bone marrow or stem cell transplantation are usually B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Also called NHL.

Treatments*

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, plasmapheresis, surveillance, stem cell transplant, and surgery.

Side Effects*

Common side effects may include: hair loss; mouth sores; loss of appetite; nausea & vomiting; diarrhea or constipation; risk of infection; bleeding or bruising.

Tips and Tricks

I am 5 months post chemo for Non Hodgkin Lymphoma and cancer free. I feel great. The first thing I would suggest when one gets a diagnosis is DON’T Google.  I told my oncologist I would get all my information from him. Keep positive – you can beat this!
Lynn-Survivor

Additional Resources

  • Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program (PAF CPR)
    866‑512‑3861, copays.org
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
    800‑955‑4572, lls.org
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Co-Pay Assistance Program
    877‑557‑2672, lls.org/copay

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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