Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Diagnosis and Treatment in Maryland

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The lymphatic system consists of glands and vessels spread throughout our bodies, and it’s an integral part of our immune system. The lymph fluid that flows through the lymphatic system contains the lymphocytes or white blood cells that combat germs and infections in our bodies. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a form of cancer that affects this lymphatic system causing the lymphocytes to multiply abnormally and collect in the various parts of the lymphatic system, especially the glands (nodes).

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is dangerous since it causes the lymphocytes to lose their inherent abilities of fighting infections, making us vulnerable to other diseases. The key symptom of the disease is a painless swelling in one or more lymph nodes. It commonly impacts the armpits, groin, and neck.

Our oncologists at Chesapeake Oncology Hematology Associates understand the need for quick diagnosis and treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We offer integrated care to treat this disease while ensuring the health and well-being of our patients.

Conditions We Treat

  • Mantle cell lymphoma
  • Small lymphocytic lymphoma
  • Burkitt's lymphoma
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Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Treatment Options

Surgery

Unlike several other cancer forms, surgery is not a common treatment option for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It’s sometimes used to remove a lymph node for testing or for eliminating a tumor. However, other treatment therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy typically work better for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Radiation Therapy

Certain Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma types are highly sensitive to radiation therapy, and mild doses are usually adequate to treat them. For other types, our doctors combine radiation therapy with other treatment options such as chemotherapy to eliminate the disease.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can kill fast-growing cancer cells and effectively treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The dose of chemotherapy required would depend on the variation of the disease and how much it has metastasized.

Immunotherapy

Recently, this cancer treatment has become increasingly popular, and it’s also used for treating Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Immunotherapy utilizes the body’s inherent defense mechanisms for treating cancer by strengthening the immune system to help fight off the disease.

Proton Therapy

This therapy offers treatment for cancer with minimal side effects compared to some of the other treatment methods. Proton therapy works by delivering high-intensity doses of radiation directed to the site of tumor growth, which causes minimal damage to the neighboring healthy cells.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

There are no definite ways to prevent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, you can minimize your risks by keeping your immune system healthy.

The most common signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:

  • Painless swollen lymph glands, especially in the armpits, groin, and neck.
  • Continuous fatigue
  • Unexplained weight-loss
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Abdominal swelling or pain
  • Chest tightness, coughing, pain, and breathing issues

There has been very little data on the impact of the disease on a patient’s quality of life. However, the positive news is that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has a high survival rate, and at the most, patients experience alternating periods of improving and worsening symptoms.

The main difference between Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells. If doctors find this specific abnormal cell on examining your lymph tumor, it will be diagnosed as Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

People of any age can have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, including children and teenagers. However, the risk of having the disease increases with age, and over half the patients diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are aged above 65 years.

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