Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell made in our bone marrow that alert the body to foreign substances when exposed to them within the lymph system. Lymphomas are tumors that grow from lymphocytes that have been abnormally stimulated to grow without control.
The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma affects about 8,000 new patients per year and is derived from a type of lymphocyte called a B-cell. It is also one of the most treatable cancers. Typically enlarged, non-tender lymph nodes are found in either the neck, behind the breastbone or between the lungs. Hodgkin Lymphoma can spread to other areas of the lymph system such as the spleen, liver, bone marrow or bone. Ninety-five percent of patients diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma have what is known as Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL).
The more common type of lymphoma diagnosed in the U.S. is non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), affecting more than 70,000 new patients annually. It can derive from B-cells or a second type of lymphocyte called a T-cell in the lymph nodes, as well as other lymph organs. Some common symptoms include fever, sweats, persistent weakness and fatigue, unexplained weight loss and painful areas of the body (chest, abdomen, bones) without reason. Given that there are more than 50 variations of NHL that can be diagnosed at different stages, treatment is very individualized within the realm of evidence-based treatment guidelines.
At Salish Cancer Center, we have clinicians with expertise treating chronic, adult hematological cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia. There is great benefit to treating lymphoma early, but there are also lymphomas that recur after successful treatment. Our medical oncologists will meet with you to discuss your diagnosis, including subtype of lymphoma, prognosis, treatment options and side effect management. Our naturopathic doctors will also meet with you and your family to discuss specific supplementation and nutritional recommendations, which are tailored to your individual needs and conventional treatment plan. They will offer natural remedies to reduce side effects, maintain optimal function of your immune system, and support your conventional treatment plan.
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