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Information about Non Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL)

 

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes.

 

It begins in the lymph system in white blood cells called lymphocytes. When these cells become abnormal, they don't protect the body from infection or disease. They also grow without control and may form lumps of tissue called tumors.

 

NHL is tenth most common cancer in worldwide. In 2012, more than 386,000 new cases found worldwide which compromises 3% all new cases diagnosed with NHL same year.

 

NHL is a disease in which the expected survival is good. The overall 5 years survival in this disease is around 70%, whereas aroud 58% patients survive for about 10 years. Thus the main challenge in this disease is to keep the patient healthy for his lifetime, prevent progression of the disease and increase patients survival.

 

Our treatment has shown excellent benefits in terms of improving patient’s quality of life. A large proportion of our NHL patients leads an absolute healthy and productive quality of life. Rasayana Therapy have proved to be extremely effective in preventing disease progression.

 

Common symptoms of NHL are:

 Swelling of lymph nodes, which may or may not be painless.

 Fever.

 Unexplained weight loss.

 Sweating (often at night).

 Chills.

 Lack of energy.

 Itching.

 

 

 

The exact cause of NHL are not yet clear

 

If non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is suspected, doctors ask about medical history and perform a physical exam. This exam includes checking for enlarged lymph nodes in neck, underarm, and groin.

 

Diagnostic tests

· Biopsy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is usually taken from a lymph node.

· A bone marrow aspiration and biopsy is usually done to find out if lymphoma cells are present in the bone marrow.

 

Other tests

Doctor may also order other tests, including:

· Complete blood count to provide information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood.

· Chest X-ray, CT scan or MRI, to provide detailed pictures of the inside of the chest, abdomen and pelvis.

· A PET scan, to show areas of increased metabolic activity. PET scans are often used to help diagnose a range of different cancers and work out the best ways of treating them. The PET scan can show how far a cancer has spread or how well it is responding to treatment.

· Lab tests, such as flow cytometry that checks the types of cells in a biopsy sample.

· Lumbar puncture (also called a spinal tap), to find out whether lymphoma cells are in the fluid (cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF) surrounding your brain and spinal cord.

 

NHL is usually treated with

 

· Chemotherapy.

· Radiation.

· Radiation with chemotherapy may be used.

· Targeted therapy with monoclonal antibodies.

· Chemotherapy along with stem cell transplant.

· Surgery.

 

 Chemotherapy

The most commonly used combination is called CHOP. It combines four medicines: cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone.

 

Monoclonal antibodies

 

Targeted therapy uses monoclonal antibodies in medicine that is injected into the body so these antibodies can attach to cancer cells and destroy them. The monoclonal antibodies used to treat NHL include:

· Rituximab 

· Alemtuzumab 

· Ibritumomab 

· Tositumomab 

 

Other medicines

 

Interferon or antibiotic medicines.

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