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In follicular lymphoma do they egver remove lymph nodes?

I have stage 4 follicular lymphoma and I was wondering do they ever remove nodes or is this not a good Idea. Also is stem cell replacement a option. I \have heard it has been done in other non hodgens lymphoma.

As a general rule, the only reason lymph nodes are removed in lymphoma patients is for biopsy. Lymphoma is considered a blood cancer, which means it is presumed to be circulating throughout the body, so removing lymph nodes won't really treat lymphoma.

To learn more about your treatment options ... first, I would recommend checking out the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ... it offers free patient help on things like treatment options, where to find doctors, trials, etc. They have people available 10 AM to 5 PM eastern time. Go here: http://www.lls.org/hm_lls

and click on live patient help up at the top of the page. LLS is also a good place to do research.

For general information these are good links to get you started:




This is also an excellent PDF from the American Cancer Society on Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (it is a big file will take a few seconds to download even on a fast connection):


That document outlines treatment options for different kinds of N-HL including follicular lymphoma. Use the index ... the follicular lymphoma info starts around page 35. Stem cell transplant is at least listed there as a possible option.

You may also want to try and connect with other patients; I am almost certain you will find patients with follicular lymphoma on this forum in the Non-Hodgkin's area: http://forums.lymphoma.com/

Best of luck to you.  (+ info)

Treatment for Follicular lymphoma grade3b. It is wise not to seek treatment if no symptoms at the moment. ?

For follicular lymphoma grade 3b, Can i don't undergo treatment it i don't have other symptoms such as fever, night sweat etc. My doctor want to use RCHOP chemotherapy to treat me but i am quite hesitate as i have read fromsome website about RCHOP side effect, it seem quite risky treatment.

Grade 3 follicular lymphoma is commonly treated as diffuse, large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL, an aggressive type)- the reason is because it more closely related to DLBCL than it is lower grade (grade 1 and 2) follicular lymphomas. The disease is more likely to progress quickly, and could make you sick in a hurry. The side effects of the chemo can be a problem, but most patients tolerate it well. You will fill worse than from chemo if your lymphoma gets out of control. Your oncologist is following national guideline recommendations (see this page: http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/PDF/nhl.pdf, go to follicular lymphoma section and see footnote a). I would offer the same thing.
The distinction between 3a and 3b is still not clearly important yet.

Blessings  (+ info)

What are the procedures for Follicular Center Cell Lymphoma?

This is a common kind of Non-Hoddgkins Lymphoma. Treatments are chemo and/or radiation. Usually radiation is only given alone when the tumors have not spread. A common form of chemo given to Non-Hodgkins patients is CHOP, an abrieviation for Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin (Hydroxydaunomycin), Vincristine (Oncovin), and Prednisone. If you want to know more about lymphoma, I strongly suggest that you use the lymphoma boards at http://forums.webmagic.com I am a survivor of Hodgkins lymphoma and got tons of help from these forums. Everyone their is so nice!! Because Non-Hodgkins is more common than Hodgkins, there is even more help and info about this cancer. So, if you are a cancer patient, loved one of a cancer patient, or just researching the disease, I suggest you check it out. You can also email me: [email protected]/  (+ info)

Can lymph drainage massage help someone with Follicular Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

I am a Massage Therapist in Alpharetta Ga and have a client with nhl. I want to know if she could benefit from Lymph drainage massage.

no. even though a masasge might make the person feel better, it will not help their cancer.  (+ info)

What are the different types of BCELL Indolent, Low grade, follicular, Non hodkins, LYMPHOMA?

There are three types of indolent B-cell follicular N-HLs:

1) Small-cleaved cell type. Patients have a median survival of 7 to 9 years.

2) Mixed small-cleaved and large cell type. It has a reduced survival time because of the presence of the large cells.

3) Large cell type. This one is sometimes considered to be an intermediate lymphoma and may act aggressively.

Of the other kinds of B-cell N-HLs, the various kinds of Marginal Zone and Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (which is almost identical to chronic lymphocytic leukemia) are considered indolent types.

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Has anyone been treated for gastric follicular lymphoma using alternate treatment?

Five hundred years ago, people said the world was flat. Today, people say that if the FDA and AMA haven't blessed something, it can't be real good. Well, here's something I know to be real AND good. It's a little different take on cancer treatment--

In 1990, I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, stage 3-B, but I've survived. My doctors were great people, but they were limited to surgery, chemo and radiation by profitable AMA treatment policy. During the year in treatment, I started learning about alternative medicine. I'm a retired engineer, and this is what I've pieced together--our IMMUNE SYSTEMS become weakened by poor nutrition, lack of exercise and reduced oxygen. Once that happens, our body becomes vulnerable to common STRESSORS. Stressors can be environmental, like viruses, heavy metals, pesticides, food additives, electromagnetic waves or pollution. They can be internal things like emotional or job stress, or poisonous people in our lives. Aging is also a contributing factor. So this means:

WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEM + STRESSORS = DISEASE (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.)

Our bodies have 60 trillion--yes, trillion--cells, and there are always some mutating into cancer cells, but a healthy immune system kills them before they have a chance to get a foothold in the body.

It takes a LONG time, usually, or a high level of stressors, to weaken the immune system to the point where it won't do its job, but once cancer has formed, it will generally spread rapidly.

THIS IS IMPORTANT! There are ways to BEAT cancer that are currently being used in Europe and around the world, and there are some great books on the subject. I know because I've read about 50 of them from cover to cover. Here's a list of the best ones. Some are out of print and getting hard to find--

"The Cure for All Cancers", ISBN 0963632825
"A Cancer Therapy", ISBN 0882681052
"Oxygen Therapies", ISBN 0962052701
"Hydrogen Peroxide--Medical Miracle", ISBN 1885236077
"The Natural Cure for Cancer--Germanium", ISBN 0533071410
"Killing Cancer", ISBN 0705000966
"Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About", ISBN 0975599518

I know of people whose cancer has 'spontaneously remitted' (WENT AWAY for no known reason) AFTER they went on programs of herbs and nutrition to restart their immune systems.

You and your family must look out for yourselves to stand a chance of being healthy. This is not a joke, and I'm not selling anything--just trying to help.
I am using the things I learned in those books right now to fight off a second infestation of cancer. I've been at it for over a year now, and think I'm going to make it. Use what works for you, and pass on your success. Best of luck.

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the pharmaceutical companies control medical law and the FDA in this country with heavy lobbying and a revolving door policy. WHY would they want to do this? It's about the money. In 2004, medicine (doctors, hospitals, researchers and pharmaceutical firms) received 1.1 TRILLION dollars--1/4th of the total earnings (GNP 4.4 trillion) in the U.S. This is astounding, it means MILLIONS of people worked the whole year just to pay the nation's medical expenses!! That's totally astounding, and just too big to care about individuals.
http://www.altcancer.com/video/hoxsey_ds...   (+ info)

follicular lymphoma survivors?

yes I woulld like to know about stage 4 follicular lymphoma. Also should I stay away from sugar during chemo and after?

I believe I was a stage III follicular lymphome - I'm still alive and doing great 8 years later.
In general people say to stay away from sugar when you have cancer - I woulndn't recommend anybody to drink Ensures and that kind of garbage because it's - garbage!
Your goal is to beat your cancer, and weight loss is not your real problem and you will gain it back anyway.
I had surgery, radiation therapy and then Rituxin 6 times.
I also go to alternative cancer therapy at Freeport, Grand Bahamas - www.iatclinic.com or www.immunemedicine.com - check them out they are awesome.  (+ info)

what is the government web site concerning follicular lymphoma?

Not sure which government site you are looking for, but the UK government site provides disease details, treatment options, and pictures for Follicular Lymphoma which is a form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma:


Or you can check patient or professional information about the disease at the National Cancer Institute site:

http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adult-non-hodgkins/Patient  (+ info)

follicular lymphoma stage 4 grade 1?

My brother is recently diagnosed as having follicular lymphoma stage 4 grade 1. He is having an abdominal mass as well. Our oncologist suggested to do R-CHOP but not urgently since it is slow-growing. We went for a second opinion anyway and now the decision is to take oral tablets of Chlorambucil (clokeran) along with steroid. Doctor told us to see whether he will respond to this medicines and if not, we can go for chemo...Have anyone taken this mild therapy first and responded?

Follicular lymphoma is generally considered incurable, but it associated with long life, especially the very low grade I types. They are typically stage IV at diagnosis so that is not unusual.

Multiple therapies are possible, all the way from watch and wait till symptoms to more aggressive therapies like R-CHOP. There is no one best answer here. You did not say how old your brother is, nor what is overall health is.

From my standpoint, for a healthy younger (<65) person I might favor R-CHOP. Response rates and rates of complete remission are MUCH higher than expected with chlorambucil/prednisone (CP). This does not always translate into a survival increase as the survival for this disease is so long anyway and one tends to get multiple successive therapies. (makes it hard to tell what effect any one therapy actually had). However, the odds that he will need to move to another chemotherapy anytime soon are markedly lower if he moves forward with R-CHOP rather than the CP regimen, as he is likely to get a better and longer-lasting response. The trade-off is higher potential for toxicity with R-CHOP, but it is generally well-tolerated. Another advantage for R-CHOP is it is less toxic to stem cells in the bone marrow (mainly since chlorambucil therapy is given for such a long time); this may or may not be important in this situation currently, but could impact future therapy decision-making.

God bless, best wishes  (+ info)

need info on follicular lymphoma cancer?

what is the life span with this kind of cancer in stage 3?

The disease is present in lymph node groups on both sides of the diaphragm, occasionally with the involvement of other adjacent organs. If the spleen is involved then the disease becomes stage III as well.

The disease stage is an important parameter for success or failure, but many patients with advanced stage lymphoma are cured. A number of sub-types of lymphoma have good results with treatment even in advanced stage disease. Often, other factors like your age or the size of your disease are equally important for prognosis. Your doctor is the person best suited to guide you regarding your chances of success or failure. 35% chance of surviving 10 years with a stage 3, especially if you're under 60.  (+ info)

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