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What are the chances of surviving lymphoma?

My friends mother was just diagnosed with lymphoma, I didn't want to ask her too many questions because she was upset.

All I know is that she has lots of small tumors in her organs and that it's lymphoma.

Do any of you know someone who has lymphoma? How long did they live? What are her chances?

Tell me your personal experiences. Anything, please.

Short answer- may be curable.
Would need to know whether Hodgkin's or Non-Hodgkin's, stage, age, lab data, current health status to say more, but...

Hodgkin's disease is highly curable, even in advanced stages, may occasionally require more aggressive therapy (like stem cell transplant), but some tmes is refractory (unresponsive) to therapy.

NHL is a varied mix ranging from slow growing but incurable types to aggressive but many times curable.

Chemotherapy is mainstay of treatment for widespread disease for either type.

Take heart, pray for her. Best wishes  (+ info)

is thyroidectomy the ONLY way to determine if a papillary lesion / follicular neoplasm is benign or malignant?

My wife recently underwent FNAB for the thyroid gland and the findings were:
Suggest thyroidectomy for a definitive diagnosis.
Microscopic Description:
Smears disclose a fairly cellular aspirate composed of cohesive clusters of follicular cells, in attempt to form acini and short papillary fronds. The cells show vesicular nuclei, with focal areas of pleomorphism. The background is hemorrhagic containing thin colloid materials and few mixed leukocytes.

I really would like to know if the it is benign or malignant but is there any other way besides invasive surgery? Thanks a lot in advance for all the answers and help.

If FNAB demonstrate follicular neoplasm , we must perform thyroid lobectomy for determining if it's malignant or not , and regarding to this , we will design the further definite and main operation .

There is no way other than this yet .

In some situations , we can perform total thyroidectomy as a plan to determine the permanent pathology at first ( there is several indications : old patients , mass more than 4 cm , ... ) .

But about Papillary neoplasm it's somewhat different : we can plan for a definite operation , also with a FNAB .  (+ info)

Why would a thyroid tumor have both papillary and follicular cells?

My friend was just dx'd w/ thyroid cancer. She had surgery to remove the 1.2 centimeter tumor in the middle of her thyroid. 3 of the 6 lymph nodes that were taken were found to also have cancer. Why would her tumor be both papillary AND follicular? What does that mean for her?

Thyroid cancer is not rare. It's the easiest to cure. I am surprised they did not take all the thyroid. All this means is the thyroid cancer went into the nodes. I had thyroid cancer the same kind with lymph nodes also cancer seeded with thyroid. I was given after surgery, radio-active iodine in large doses to get rid of all thyroid cancer several times. And yes you are radio-active to others. You stay away from children, women who are prego. It's not as bad as you think I am still here and trust my doctor to do his best for me. I sure will be praying for your friend. Now smile people do care.  (+ info)

What can cause an inhomogenous spleen in hodgkin lymphoma?

My friend has Hodgkin lymphoma and his disease has gone away in his chest but he still has tiny densities and mild inhomogenity on his spleen. He is done with chemotherapy. What does it mean to have inhomogenous stuff on the spleen? Is it like a scar?

This is a term used by radiologists that does not help us much as clinicians because it is so non-specific. It probably means nothing. We can't safely biopsy the spleen - it bleeds too easily. If the Hodgkin's lymphoma has resolved in the chest, it is not very likely that the lymphoma is active in the "inhomogeneous" areas of the spleen.
To really know what is going on in the spleen, you would have to surgically remove it. This will not be recommended with an uncertain report stating "inhomogeneous." Follow-up and time are the key. There is no better test in this situation than the "test of time" to see if your friend has a durable remission. There is no great hurry to find recurrence. I would assume a positive outlook. We do well treating Hodgkin's lymphomas in most patients. Our best chemotherapy is given first, and your friend is finished with that.  (+ info)

How soon should lymphoma symptoms start?

I have had a very hard lump under right jawline for a while that wont go away with antibiotics. Im gettin it tested yes but Im thinking its cat scratch fever..AGAIN.
Its been there a few months, just wondering, if it was lymphoma, wouldnt I already be experiencing some other symptoms by now?

I wouldn't get advice from anyone online. I wouldn't want to know whats wrong from some 12 year old Doogie Howser wanna be in his Moms basement you know?  (+ info)

Has anyone had experience in taking Ivermectin or in dealing with follicular mites?

We can't find a dermatologist in New York City who knows how to identify follicular mites - or how to
treat them. Disappointing that the dermatologists we have experienced only seem to understand
cosmetic problems...We're also looking for a physician experienced in dealing with these internal
bugs. Anyone have a great doctor?

Demodex folliculorum has been mentioned as an aggravating factor to rosaceans for many decades and yet, I have not seen any formal double blind study done on this front. (This supports the wisdom of independent research funding by rosaceans). As you have presented, articles have been published, reporting individuals (a number of whom are immunocompromised) who responded to rx of demodex. The rx’s were not cures but nevertheless, afforded some form of control to otherwise refractory situations. I do not think your hypothesis is without merit. As a matter of fact, at the end of this message, I have copied an article reporting a case rx’d successfully with oral Ivermectin & topical Permethrin. Months ago, I sent a copy of this article to a group member with very resistant case of folliculitis.
However, I’m not sure that it is wise to have someone self- treat without the supervision of an attending physician. Luckily, here in the U.S., 5% Permethrin (Elimite Cream) is only available by prescription. I have given this topical medication to many patients for scabies but not for rosacea. Other than a few cases of contact or irritant dermatitis, I have not seen any serious side effects. However, my patients have only used it no more than 2-3 times at most. I don’t know what the side effects of long-term use are; considering the hypersensitivity, easier penetrability (hence, increased absorption) and vascular lability of inflamed rosacean skin. I personally believe demodex mites are incidental parasites that prey on compromised skin causing secondary symptoms, not unlike bacteria & fungi. They are not the primary cause of rosacea. Therefore, I suspect that not all rosaceans have demodex as a relevant factor.  (+ info)

What are the chances of survival for 3 month old lymphoma?

My friend went to the doctor several times over the last 3 months, and each time the doctor said it was an infection, and prescribed medicine to heal it. But it never healed. So they went to a different doctor and it turns out that it is lymphoma cancer.

He goes into surgery tomorrow. What do you think his chances of survival are, considering he went 3 months without knowing it was cancer?

my husband has been going through treatment for lymphoma for 5 years now.....it took about 8 months beefier they diagnosed him correctly......he has had chemo (loads of it) a stem cell transplant with his own stem cells and a stem cell transplant with his sister's stem cells.....he is not cancer free, and won't be, but with these treatments he is able to have a good quality of life and a prolonged life.....if he had not had the last stem cell transplant he would not be here right now. he is very positive and strong......give your friend much strength, support and be there for him/her to "lean on" ...i will send out much positive thoughts to you and your friend and i wish for all the very best!!!  (+ info)

What is the survival rate using chemotherapy in children for lymphoma?

In the US, chemotherapy for Children with Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system) is ruled by a judge as mandatory. How many survive? What are the statistics?

Lymphoma is the general name, but there are many sub types of it. It can be Hodgkin's or Non-Hodgkin's (and there are a dozen or so different types of Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas). It therefore depends on the exact type of lymphoma you are referring to - and naturally it depends on how advanced the lymphoma is when it is detected.

Survival rates for lymphoma are pretty high - normally around 80%

However, most lymphomas have a high chance of recurrence.

All the very best  (+ info)

How many types of Lymphoma are there?

I am doing a Advanced Biology research report on Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but I wanted know how many other types of Lymphoma are also out there. I know people say "many" but I was looking for a numerical value or just like "over 20". It was just a way to enhance my paper a little bit.

Logic is very diminished - as is chivalry - but it is not completely dead.
Here's the site you need - http://www.oncologychannel.com/nonhodgkins/types.shtml
This lists 27 types of non-Hodgkins lymphomas.
If you want to add Hodgkin's lymphomas - it would be ~33.
Also - http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_Is_Non_Hodgkins_Lymphoma_32.asp
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Amazing how so many people think "cancer" is one disease. (Not you)  (+ info)

What is the survival rate of a person with stage 3 lymphoma without any treatment?

my mother has been diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma, however she doesn't want to pursue treatment. What is her typical prognosis. In other words, about how long should we expect her to live? Her lungs have already begun to fill up with fluid and she has tumors in her lungs as well. Thanks for any information so I (her daughter) can prepare myself and my family. :-)

My husband died 4 years ago with NHL...he was a stage 4 and was treated in Houston. He survived 5 years (this number was given to us by the doctors in Houston as well as the cancer web sites). BUT

After living with this disease for over five years, I have met men and women who were diagnosed with stage 3 and 4 and are still living -- 10-15 year survival.

I AM LIKE YOUR MOM; If I ever was diagnosed with lymphoma I would NOT go through treatment. The side effects are horrendous and the quality of life goes. That dark cloud will always hang over your head and your loved ones too.
Lots of doctors and nurses will disagree with me, but until their loved one lives with it, day in and day out.... let them then have the last word.

Give your mom all the information she can handle...  (+ info)

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