captaingomes
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Lymphoma

Wed Dec 18, 2002 4:49 am

Hello everybody. My neighbour is about 43 years old, and she was found to have cancer. She is a nurse at Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital, and she wanted to investigate a lump or something on her neck. It was determined to be cancer, and soon after they also found some on her hip. Tomorrow she is going for surgery, where they are taking a chunk out of her hip/pelvis area.

My question is, does anybody here know anything about lymphoma? It was the first time I had heard of it. I know it's cancer in the lymphatic system, but I don't really know what that means exactly.

Thanks in advance for any replies.
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RE: Lymphoma

Wed Dec 18, 2002 5:12 am

Sorry to hear this about your neighbor.
Paul Tsongas (D-MA) had Lymphoma and he passed away in 1997.
I assume it all depends on what stage they catch her cancer.
Hopefully all goes well with her sergury.
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RE: Lymphoma

Wed Dec 18, 2002 5:17 am

Well its been a while since I studied diseases and but here goes anyway:

From what I recall, there are 2 types of Lymphoma: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, and Hodgkin Lymphoma. Overall, lymphoma is a general term that refers to cancers that originate in the lymphatic system, part of your immune system. A white blood cell known as a lymphocyte becomes cancerous, and begins to grow and multiply uncontrollably that crowd-out healthy cells and generate tumors in the lymph nodes. I believe it is the most common type of blood-related cancer.

I remember Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma being a broader term for a large groups of cancers that have different characteristics in the cancerous cells. Each group has to be treated diagnose and treated differently and each would also carry a different prognosis, so if she has this, find out what type and I'll use some of my reference notes and books to find out more info.

Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a bit less prevalent, (less than 20% of lymphomas), and is characterized by being more common in younger people and a large malignant cell called a Reed-Sternberg cell. Highly treatable, with a cure rate approaching 80% I believe.
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captaingomes
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RE: Lymphoma

Wed Dec 18, 2002 5:40 am

Thanks for the replies so far. I will try to find out more about her case. From what she said, her case is strong, but also highly treatable with chemo-therapy. It helps she's a very positive person. She's been through quite a bit and I know she's had a brain tumour for a while too, but don't know if that's related.
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RE: Lymphoma

Wed Dec 18, 2002 5:43 am

I wish her the best of luck, chemotherapy is not pleasant nor is it a walk in the park.
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