This article provides in-depth information regarding the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, underlining its symptoms, causes and treatment.
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system. It can grow in lymphoid tissues present in the liver, nasal, gastrointestinal tract, skin, spleen etc. Most subtypes of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma are uncommon, while some of them can be aggressive other can be indolent (slow-growing).
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is common in adults above the of 50 and it occurs more in men than in women. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is the most common type of cancer found in children, who are thankfully easily cured of it.
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Symptoms
- Pain Areas: Abdomen, Chest
- Night Sweats
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
- Weight Loss
- Unexplained Loss of Appetite
Treatment for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Chemotherapy – uses anti-cancer drugs that are consumed by the patient orally or through an IV. The chemicals in the drugs enter the blood and attack the cancerous cells, preventing them from multiplying or spreading in the body.
Radiation Therapy – uses X-ray radiations to attack the cancer cells, while preventing them from producing any more abnormal cells.
Immunotherapy – uses patient’s natural immune system for targeting the cancer cells. In this therapy the immune system of the patient is enhanced by giving them some special drugs.
Targeted Therapy – uses image-guided therapy in which the abnormal cells are attacked by the medicines to deliver more accurate results.
Surgery (Only in Rare Cases) – Bone Marrow transplant (Stem-Cell transplant) allows the doctors to increases the doses of chemotherapy, along with other cancer treatment that help the patient in recovering faster.
Bone Marrow Transplant is an operation in which the damaged bone marrow of the patient is replaced with healthy bone marrow, that can be received from a donor or a family member.
Doctors involved in the treatment of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
The healthcare professions required for the treatment of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma will depend on the type of the procedure:
Hematologist or Medical Oncologist – A doctor who is trained to cure cancer using immunotherapy, chemotherapy or targeted therapy.
Radiation Oncologist – A radiation therapy specialist.
Bone Marrow Transplant Surgeon – A surgeon who specializes in treating cancer using a stem-cell or bone-marrow transplant.
Depending on the complexities involved in a case, more specialist might be required during the treatment to get second opinions or extra help.
Deciding a Treatment
It is essential that the patient explore all the treatment options including their recovery goals, treatment’s side-effects and risk-factors with their doctors, to come to the best decision. We recommend the patients to review their health, cancer type and stage while choosing a plan. It is essential for that the patient is in good health if he/she selects to be treated via surgery.
What is the cost of bone marrow transplant in India?
The cost of bone-marrow transplant in India is one-tenth of the price charged in the developed countries which range from $4,500 to $8,000 only. This includes patients treatment, hospital stay, accommodation and travel cost.
What is the cost of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Chemotherapy in India?
The cost of chemotherapy in India is approximately worth $6,000 for six months, which can exceed or decrease depending on the weekly appointments required by the patient.
Is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma curable?
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is common in young children and adults above the age of 50. It can be easily cured in young children, with the right treatment. Adults can face a few complications in their treatment, but they can also be treated from this cancer using non-surgical or surgical means of treatment.
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