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MIN regime in follicular lymphoma?


which are the drugs included in MIN REGIMEN used in chemotherapy of follicular lympoma
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I don't see the MIN acronym listed among treatments for follicular lymphoma. Scroll down on the web page for this link for a list of the drug regimens commonly used to treat follicular lymphoma.

http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic1362.htm  (+ info)

n someone receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the same time. The person have a follicular b cell lymphoma


If you are asking if a person can receive both at the same time, yes. My dad is taking both treatments right now. I can't say for sure that he takes both in the same day, though. His is for lung cancer.  (+ info)

follicular lymphoma stage 1 treatment?


Follicular Lymphoma - stage I is compleately curable and you have to take all treatments and have consultations with your Oncologist periodically to ensure it does not reoccur. Wish you all the best. Now read about the disease further -

Follicular lymphoma (FL) is the most common of the indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. It is defined as a lymphoma of follicle center B-cells (centrocytes and centroblasts), which has at least a partially follicular pattern.

The tumor is composed of follicle center cells, usually a mixture of centrocytes (cleaved follicle center cells, "small cells") and centroblasts (large noncleaved follicle center cells, "large cells"). Centrocytes typically predominate; centroblasts are usually in the minority, but by definition are always present. Rare lymphomas with a follicular growth pattern consist almost entirely of centroblasts. Occasional cases may show plasmacytoid differentiation or foci of marginal zone or monocytoid B-cells.

There is no consensus regarding the best treatment algorithm, but watch-and-wait policies, alkylators, anthracycline-containing regimens (eg. CHOP), rituximab, autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplanation have all been applied. The disease is regarded as incurable (although allogeneic stem cell transplanation my be curative, the mortality from the procedure is too high to be a first line option). The exception is localised disease, which can be cured by local irradiation. The typical pattern is one of good responses from treatment, followed by relapses some years later. Median survival is around 10 years, but the range is wide, from less than one year, to more than 20 years. Some patients may never need treatment-.  (+ info)

Stage 4 Bulky Follicular Lymphoma?


Anyone know if a 59 year old woman can survive from this or how bad is this disease?
She has had sweats for over 2 years and has to take 6 more chemo treatments yet. The first chemo she had an allergic reaction to and they had to counteract that. Her blood pressure dropped real low and her hb became faint. She has also noticed in the prior time to finding out about this disease that what used to take her about 30 mins for example cut her yard, now takes forever. This all started out a lump in her neck. She also complains about smelling of natural gas odor and says we are all going to die. I am very afraid for this woman. She was in excellent health we thought before this. Also she suffers from excessive migraine headaches before also. They have done a bone biopsy and have concluded not in bone marrow yet. The only thing Dr told her was Stage 4 bulky follicular lymphoma. She has it in her neck, chest, and groin area. She has already lost her hair. She is so weak. This is all I know, I will find out more and let you know.
Also doctor cannot stress that this very bulky indeed, so must be pretty severe. Thanks!
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Follicular lymphoma is a kind of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It is one of the most common kinds of indolent Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Stage four is the worst level of disease; it denotes disease is located throughout the body and in an organ system such as the nervous system, bone marrow, liver, etc. Stage four follicular lymphoma is generally considered incurable; nevertheless, because it is usually a relatively slow growing cancer, many patients can live a considerable amount of time with it. It is very difficult to generalize, however. Things like which subtype the woman has, how severe her symptoms are, her general health will all effect her prognosis. Follicular lymphoma is generally treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation once a patient starts showing symptoms.

The term "bulky" in lymphoma means large masses. In Hodgkin's Disease, "bulky" is generally a mass of more than 10cm (I would assume it's similar for N-HL).

I have included some links below that explain more about follicular lymphoma, how it may be treated, etc.  (+ info)

Stage 4 lymphoma is it a death sentence?


I have stage 4 lymphoma follicular. I have read so much that I'm confused and scared at the same time and I would like to know if I will be here in 8 to 10 years to see grandkids I'm 50 years old and no other health problems. So much for a happy birthday this year. Should I stay away from carbs or not? I feel alone and ready to fight Goliath......Need some magic stones and a little more faith
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I'm not a doctor, and I don't have your cancer, and I can't even begin to imagine what you're going through - but I am sorry.

Having got all of that out of the way, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Nov of 08 and here are my thoughts:

Statistics are sh*t. In my case they say something like 5% are still alive after 5 years. But I'm young and otherwise healthy so I like to think that either a) the stats don't apply to me
or
b) there is no reason why *I* can't be in that 5%.

Reading stuff online about your cancer IS scary, I know. Sometimes I have even have panic attacks, but I like to think that all the people that beat this crap don't sit around online writing about it! See if you can find a support group in person (ask around) or online (eg planetcancer.org)

I don't support denial, cancer is crap and stage IV... f*ck! Be realistic, prepare for the worst, live like there's tomorrow, but ALWAYS ALWAYS have hope, 'cause what else do we have?

Surround yourself by good people, be good to yourself, and talk to your doc about depression and anxiety if you think they apply to you - there's LOTS that can be done for these things and it can make a WORLD of difference.

No idea about the carbs - talk to your docs, and talk to other people in your place - I'm happy with whatever I can keep down!

Most importantly - you are fighting Goliath, but YOU ARE NOT ALONE, you CAN win, and feel free to shoot me an email if you ever want to talk.  (+ info)

What is usual prognosis for stage iv lymphoma and is there alternative treatments anyone has first hand knowle


Started with melanoma on the leg, further tests and bone marrow biopsy show lymphoma in the bone. Two enlarged Lymph nodes, one confirmed with biopsy that it is follicular lymphoma that is transforming into fast growing, but is usually slow growing.
My friend has not been given a treatment plan yet, but was wondering about alternative treatments
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Here's some information for you listed below.
Remember, everyone is different, and not everyone has the same expected outcome.  (+ info)

What is low grade lymphoma and how is it treated?


My friend just had a melanoma removed on her leg a month ago and two days ago they removed her lymph node near her iliac crest. The preliminary biopsy says it is not melanoma, but now they suspect it is low grade lymphoma. One doctor told her it could be a "false positive" Pet Scan. There is another suspicious lymph node at her aortic base. They did not biopsy that. Is it normal to have a melanoma and lymphoma, or did they just happen to discover these inflammed lymph nodes because of the melanoma promting the Pet Scan. Is it possible she has always had inflammed lymph nodes? I sure hope so!
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I assume 'low grade' means the tumour (if that's what it is) is not dividing particularly rapidly and is possibly not as invasive/liable to spread as a higher grade tumour. This is good news as it means it should be easier to treat.  (+ info)

If Lymphoma goes into remission does that indicate the person is cured and can live normally?


My partner unfortunately has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. I am scared that I will lose him. He is beginning an aggressive one month round of Chemo therapy and I'm wondering if after the chemo, the Lymphoma goes into remission, does that eventually mean he is "cured" and can live a normal life?
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A few different things to consider.

There are two major kinds of lymphoma. There is a specific type called Hodgkin's Disease and then there is Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is basically every other lymphatic system cancer that isn't considered Hodgkin's Disease. There are about 30 different kinds of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

A remission generally means that the person simply has no evidence of disease. In lymphoma, a person often will go into remission, but then still need more chemotherapy and/or radiation to make sure any microscopic disease has been wiped out. For example, in Hodgkin's Disease, two cycles of "extra" chemotherapy are commonly given beyond the initial remission point.

A cure in lymphoma is generally defined as being in remission for five or more years, with no relapse. For purposes of defining "cure," the period of time is measured from the end of treatment, not the initial remission point. Hodgkin's Disease and some kinds of Non-Hodgkin's are considered curable. Some kinds of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are considered treatable, but incurable. This means that although it may be possible to control the lymphoma or even achieve a remission, it will almost always come back.

Lymphoma that comes back after initial remission may bey treated with high dose chemotherapy and stem or bone marrow transplant. This treatment can provide very long-term remission rates for some people, possibly even cure.

A person with lymphoma in remission should be able to live a normal life. Sometimes the drugs used to treat the lymphoma have long term side effects, but many people return to normal life and are able to exercise, work, etc. It depends on the individual.

Because lymphoma is such a diverse set of cancers, it is difficult to generalize without knowing what a person's specific subtype is. Generally, the type of lymphoma (HD vs. NHL, then what specific type of NHL), stage of disease, and the person's overall health are most important to determining how well a person does.

Best of luck to you both.  (+ info)

What is the survival rate of a person diagnosed with lymphoma of the lungs?


My sister just got a probable diagnosis of Lymphoma in her lungs. I just want to know how serious this is. So if any one can help, it would be much obliged. And what kind of treatments are there?
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All cancer is very serious and all the different kinds of lymphoma have the potential to be fatal. But, lymphoma that is in the lungs is also potentially CURABLE. A lot depends on what kind of lymphoma your sister has.

Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system) is divided into two major types: Hodgkin's Disease (most common in ages 15 to 35) and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Which kind of lymphoma your sister has will depend on the results of the biopsy.

Lymphoma that has spread to the lungs generally will be staged as 4. There are four stages in lymphoma; stage 4 denotes disease outside the lymphatic system that has spread to an organ like the lung, liver, or bone marrow.

Hodgkin's Disease very commonly begins in the chest and may spread to the lungs. Stage IV Hodgkin's Disease has a cure rate with chemotherapy of 50% or better. (Actual prognosis depends on a number of other factors.) I know there are many Hodgkin's survivors who had lung involvement. Hodgkin's Disease is a fairly rare cancer, about 8,000 cases per year. (However, there are a lot of us Hodgkin's survivors running around because it is such a potentially curable cancer.)

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a much more diverse group of cancers. There are about 60,000 cases of N-HL every year. There are over 30 different kinds of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. These can range from curable kinds (Burkitts, Diffuse Large B-Cell) to non-curable kinds (mantle cell for example is very difficult to cure). Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas are usually grouped together as aggressive or indolent (depending on how fast they spread). Some lymphomas grow very fast, others grow slow.

Lymphoma is generally treated with chemotherapy, sometimes with the addition of radiation. Very limited lymphoma is sometimes just treated with radiation. Lymphomas tend to be very sensitive to chemotherapy and as I said, even stage IV lymphoma is potentially curable depending on what kind it is.

I've included some good sources to learn more about lymphoma below.

Hodgkin's Disease specific:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/hodgkinslymphoma/

Non-Hodgkin's specific:

http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancerinfo/types/non-hodgkins-lymphoma

Message boards for both N-HL and HD:

http://www.lymphoma.com/

The LLS: http://www.leukemia.org/hm_lls

Lymphoma Information Network: http://www.lymphomainfo.net/

ACS: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/nws/content/nws_2_1x_what_is_lymphoma_.asp

Best of luck to your sister.  (+ info)

What are preventive measures of Lymphoma cancer after undergoing chemotherapy ?


My father in law has been under chemotherapy for Lymphoma and already taken six cycles.Tests have suggested that he almost got rid of it now. how recurrence can be prevented ?.. the diet to be avoided / to be taken ? please suggest .
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ayurveda having a lot of antioxidant therapy....so consult nearest ayurvedic doctor.  (+ info)

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