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Lymphoma by Tabitha Short

By at March 4, 2012 | 8:16 am | Print

Lymphoma is a cancer that directly affects the lymphatic system. Most cases are usually noticed with swelling or pain and tenderness of the lymph nodes. Other indicators are; mysterious weight loss, a very high body temperature, severe night sweats, or an itchiness caused by nodules under the skin There are five to seven hundred lymph nodes in the body but they do vary in size depending on the location. While a majority of this cancer starts in the lymph nodes it can easily spread to the spleen, thymus gland, and bone marrow.

There are two main types of lymphoma, Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hodgkin Lymphoma is a more unsurprising in its path of growth and easier in managing and curing. It tends to not spread as rapidly and occupies less of the body’s organs. Non- Hodgkin Lymphoma is more persistent and more unpredictable in it’s pattern of cancerous growth. This will usually result in a more invasive treatment and less likely to be a manageable for the person. Hodgkin Lymphoma is usually more manageable and even curable. Chemotherapy and different types of less toxic treatments are required for this form.

Cancer is a scary and changeable thing. Sometimes changes are beneficial or the change is erratic. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, not drinking alcohol, not smoking cigarettes, and not using recreational drugs are good ways to help prevent cancer. It is very important to know ones own body and pay attention to its patterns. This can help catch different infections or potentially dangerous symptoms of something life altering.

Reference:
www.aericancancerfund.org
www.cancerquest.org
www.livestrong.com
www.siteman.wustl.edu

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