The disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system of the body. It can be one of two types: Hodgkin's lymphoma or Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and the symptoms often only occur in those who have had radiation treatments for cancer or have had some kind of surgery involving the lymph nodes. A person with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma does not usually have symptoms, although they may be at risk for infections due to their exposed immune system. The symptoms in this condition usually develop between two months to three years from the time of exposure.
There are several different kinds of treatments available for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The goal of treatment is to attempt to control the growth of the cancer cells, improve the patient's quality of life, and remove any symptoms that may arise. In addition to treatments there are several other ways to help manage non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This includes medications, symptom management, and support groups.
Chemotherapy is one of the most common treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This treatment combines medicines that will attempt to control symptoms such as fever, pain,B and swelling, as well as help to reduce the disease's ability to grow. There are many different medications that are being used in chemotherapy. Some of the more common treatments include:
Tri-cyclic antibiotics are sometimes given in combination with chemotherapy. These drugs are given to kill off the infection's remaining cells, as well as to stop the spread of the infection. They work by changing the genetic code of the microbe that is causing the infection. These medicines are administered intravenously and can be used to treat both types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
B-cell lymphoma is another of the many types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that can be treated with chemotherapy. This form of cancer is different from Hodgkin's lymphomas, in that B cells are not affected by mutation at the cellular level. It is generally called a B-cell lymphoma because the majority of its cells are B cells. This form of cancer tends to produce a large number of immature white blood cells called B-cells. Treatment of this type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is similar to that of b-cell lymphoma; therefore it is often recommended for patients with this condition.
Biological Therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with chemotherapy. A patient may respond to biological therapy more quickly than with chemotherapy alone. In addition, when used in combination with chemotherapy, it appears to be more effective at killing cancer cells and causing the body to create antibodies against the cancerous cells.
Immunotherapy, on the other hand, is the administration of an immune system suppressant to enhance the body's immune system response to fight against cancer. Immunotherapy is used to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It usually begins with a single dose of immune suppression. Over time, the patient's immune system will become enhanced to the point where it can then help to fight off cancer. Sometimes, this form of therapy is combined with conventional treatments to further increase its effectiveness.
A highly used and effective medical procedure to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma include surgeries, radiation therapies, chemical drugs, and radiation beams. These are used in conjunction with chemotherapy. While surgery and radiation therapy is usually the first option chosen by the doctors when dealing with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, some patients do not have access to these options. Some treatments only allow the doctors to remove some of the damaged tissues.
Chemotherapy causes non-Hodgkin's lymphomas to grow faster. The drugs used in chemotherapy will either kill the cancerous cells or damage healthy cells so severely that they cannot work. This process causes the body to create antibodies that target the damaged lymphocytes. As the antibodies pursue the damaged cells, they attack and destroy them even more severely. As a result, the symptoms caused by the disease worsen as the damaged lymphocytes cannot function properly.
Chemotherapy treatments can be given in a number of different ways, including injections into the vein or even taken by mouth. There are some drugs that can be taken by mouth in addition to having it injected into the vein; these are known as systemic or local agents. Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas sometimes require simultaneous administration of both approaches.
The treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma occurs after surgery to remove the lymph nodes where the lymphocytes originate from. Once removed, the lymph nodes cannot produce any type of antibody, so they are basically useless. If the non-Hodgkin's tumor is not fixed, it may continue to grow, possibly causing more serious side effects. It is very important to consult with a highly trained physician when non-Hodgkin's lymphoma occurs.
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