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Can getting a tattoo after having lymphoma cause any potential health issues?


I survived a very rare lymphoma about 5 years ago and am thinking about getting a small tattoo. However, before I get one I want to get some advice regarding any potential health issues.
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This shouldn't really effect your health in anyway, just be aware that lymphoma is a disease of the immune system and by having a tattoo you are exposing yourself to possible complications and infections. If you are concerned speak to your doctor as they should be able to answer any concerns you have. Also, find a reputable tattoist and ask their advice to see what they say.  (+ info)

What should I expect from marginal zone lymphoma?


My mom was just diagnosed with non-cancerous marginal zone lymphoma. Does anyone know that I should be expecting or what that will entail? Please help me out. Thanks in advance.
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Marginal zone lymphoma IS cancerous; it is a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It can behave incredibly benign however, so survival is measured in years. It is not considered curable unless localized. Check this page for more info:
http://www.lymphomation.org/type-mz.htm  (+ info)

what side effects of chemo for gastric lymphoma for 78 yrs old can be expected?


my mom is diagnosed with gastric lymphoma second stage.doc is planning to start with chemo? will she be able to tolerate the side effects ?
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The chemotherapy will be given of different drugs based on the stage and grade of gastric lymphoma. Since the patient is very much aged the doctors will be giving only mild chemotherapy medicines and will not risk by giving strong medicine. Second stage of this disease for this age is difficult to treat also. So the Oncologist will decide upon the drug to be used.

Any how the side effects will be the same as the chemotherapy given for any other cancer. The usual side effects are-

* nausea and vomiting
* loss of appetite
* hair loss
* anemia and fatigue
* infection
* easy bleeding or bruising
* sores in the mouth and throat
* neuropathy and other damage to the nervous system
* kidney damage

Nausea and vomiting are common, but can usually be controlled by taking antinausea drugs, drinking enough fluids, and avoiding spicy foods. Loss of appetite may be due to nausea or the stress of undergoing cancer treatment.

However you have no other alternative than giving the treatment as suggested by your oncologist as CANCER IS STILL AN ENIGMA.-  (+ info)

How soon would 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?
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I wouldnt get advice from anyone online. I wouldnt want to know whats wrong from some 12 year old Doogie Howser wanna be in his Moms basement you know?  (+ info)

How common is it for the pediatrician to find lymphoma in a toddler?


Like i said once before,my daughter has these lumps on and around her collarbone.I have noticed another one today.Very small one..The doctor said the cbc came back ok.And the xray did also..But what could this be..Anyone know of any children that has been diagnosed with lymphoma?
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Keep at your doctor - change doctors if you have to. You know your child and you know when something's not right. You may need to have one of the lumps biopsied. But, there are MANY things that make lymph nodes swell. Not all of them are something bad. BUT, you need to know for sure what's going on. Do your best not to stress yourself out. Is your daughter tired or lethargic?
Here's the best site I know on Lymphoma:
http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/hm_lls
Best wishes  (+ info)

Can a bone marrow transplant save a terminally ill Lymphoma patient?


I'm curious for a friend. If a teenager is diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and her case has been considered terminal, then a family member steps in and asks if they could do a bone marrow transplant, could she be saved?
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Bone Marrow transplants are commen in lymphoma patients..

However, if the disease is considered terminal, it must have spread beyond the point where they feel they can stop it. Either that, or her body simply cant handle anymore chemo or radiation.

Dont ever give up hope though. There are records of thousands of people being told by doctors they were terminal and have gone on to survive and live long lives.  (+ info)

How is non Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosed? Where are most of the tumors found?


Just wondering. Where is the lymphoma found in most cases. Is it in like random places of the body?
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The only way to diagnose lymphoma is through a biopsy of the enlarged lymph nodes. The lymph nodes can be picked up by a physical examination if they are in the neck or under armpits as they are visible there. Other times they can be picked up in a CT or PET scan.

In most cases lymphoma is caught through enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, underarms or groin, as they are visible to the patient and so the patient goes to the doctor to find out what has caused them. This doesn't mean that they cannot effect other parts of the body. We have lymph nodes all over and any one of them could be effected.

For myself, it was the lymph nodes in my abdomen that were effected and they were picked up by a CT scan.  (+ info)

How likely is it that Lymphoma Cancer is genetic?


Can it run in your family like other cancers?
Or is that a myth? Specifically Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
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NHL is not genetic but some families do have a slight predisposition to develop various types of NHL (usually not the same exact disease). This might be due to living together in the same area where there is environmental or radiation pollution and has nothing to do with genetics. There is no direct link like if your mother had NHL then your chances of developing NHL are 10%. Also, some types of NHL put a person at risk for developing second types of NHL that are of differing type and aggressiveness. Whatever immune defect causes the first NHL can also tend to cause a second type of NHL in the same person. There is a lot that is not yet known about specific causes for NHL. Much of today's info about cause of NHL is just speculation and not proven facts.  (+ info)

What are the odds of stems cells curing non-hodgkins lymphoma?


My cousin is 40 and has non-hodgkins lymphoma. The grown-ups in my life don't like to keep me informed and refuse to answer my questions about this kind of stuff. He went to another city (we live in a rural community) about 5 hours away for 3 months! What is going on, and what are the odds he will make it out alive?

And I think it's the lymphnodes in his liver / intestine area.
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A stem cell transplant is a difficult and dangerous treatment, but if this is the only option then it must be taken.
I am assuming that your cousin has been battling lymphoma for some time as this type of treatment is what happens when chemotherapy and radiotherapy has failed and the disease has either never gone away or has come back.
Unfortunately I cannot comment on non hodgkins, I know more about Hodgkins and the two, although similar in many ways, are quite different to treat. What I know about stem cell transplants and hodgkins is this; it is a difficult process, painful and frightening. Your cousin will have been away for quite a while because he would have had to have been in isolation because the process of the SCT (stem cell transplant) would have 'killed' his immune system so that he would not have been able to cope with the bacteria in the outside world. Even now that he is home everyone will have to be very careful around him and it will take about 6 months to one year for him to feel normal and have energy like he did before. He will have lost all of his hair through having very high doses of chemotherapy and he will have lost quite a lot of weight.
But the good news is that he will improve and continue to improve as each day passes. I do not know the odds of being cured with non hodgkins, but with hodgkins a SCT has a cure rate of about 50-70% depending on age, health and stage of lymphoma. So the odds of him coming out of the SCT are very good. What I cannot answer is what are the odds of the lymphoma returning and that I cannot answer. Neither can your parents, nor the doctors. For now though, do not worry, I am sure that the doctors at the hospital he is at or has been in have looked after him very well and your family will continue to do so once he returns home.
Understand that your parents are trying to protect you and are scared themselves. They do not want to burden you with the worry that they themselves are carrying because this is a very uncertain time for all of you. You can look up the process of a SCT, there is some good info out there and it will reassure you that your cousin will be debilitated, but ok after the SCT. He may be tired and not want visitors, but that doesn't mean anything, he's just recovering.
I am sorry that your family are going through this right now, I hope that I have been able to reassure you in a little way. If you need any more info or reassurance you can e mail me privately. Hope and prayers for you all.  (+ info)

Was pulmonary lymphoma one of the diseases caused by being a worker a ground zero after 9/11?


My aunt was just diagnosed with pulmonary lymphoma. I do not know if it is Hodgkin or Non-Hodgkin. Anyway, she worked at ground zero as part of the rescue effort. Basically, I just want to know if this was a disease caused by working at ground zero.
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Only a doctor could determine that, not somebody on Y/A.

There was just an article in one of the NYC papers the other day about a higher-than-normal incident of multiple myeloma in younger GZ workers but they don't know if it's just because they've been monitoring people who worked at GZ so much more closely. Your aunt is likely registered with the WTC Health Registry, so she should report this in. They send us questionnaires at least once a year and ask us to participate in outside studies that come up (I am a survivor, but workers, first responders, area residents, etc., are in the registry).

I encourage everyone to ask your representatives to support the continuation of health care services for the WTC community. The bill is going through the process, I know, but I don't know exactly what stage it's in right now.

Best of health to your aunt as she struggles with this disease.  (+ info)

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