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How long can you live with Burkitt's Lymphoma?

My 20 year old cousin just found out he has Burkitt's Lymphoma and the whole family is afraid he is going to die from this. We don't know what to do or what to say to him. He is going on about how he is going to die. I just want to know what to do for him. He goes to a cancer doctor 2mrw and we just hope they can help him. Can he make it through this?

This is an aggressive form of lymphoma, but with current medical improvements and better chemotherapy drugs the survival rate is not 60% and can be as high as 90% for people who have limited disease.

Have a look at the link below, it gives you more information on this type of lymphoma


I wish you and your cousin all the very best - hope all goes well at his appointment tomorrow  (+ info)

If I used to have Burkitt's Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, is the chance of getting a glioma increased?

I am 13 years old and wondering if having Burkitt's Non Hodgkins Lymphoma 9 years ago increases my risk of getting a glioma.

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Does Burkitt lymphoma fall into the circulatory system?

I have to do a project on the circulatory system.
It has to be about a disease in the circulatory system.
I want to do it on Burkett Lymphoma because my best friend passed away from it. But im not sure if I can.

Strictly speaking, the circulatory system is only the blood vessels and the heart and lungs. Lymphoma affects the lymphatic system, which is a different classification. I think the reasons behind why you wish to do this project are touching. I would tell your teacher this and ask him/her if this would be acceptable  (+ info)

Is Burkitt lymphoma more commonly caused by exposure or is it hereditary?

Burkitt's lymphoma, an aggressive and uncommon subtype of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, is usually caused by exposure to Epstein-Barr virus, but can also be triggered by HIV. It is not hereditary.

Blessings  (+ info)

My best friend found out he had lymphoma 2 months ago, burkitt's-like? I am scared I want to know how it works?

I don't know much about it, I've been researching for days, He already started chemotherapy and is home and returns for treatments. The right side of his face has limited movement from time to time because it affected his nervous system?... what does that mean? Is it normal for this to happen?

You're a good friend to be so concerned.

There are two major kinds of lymphomas, Hodgkin's Disease and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Lymphomas are cancer of the lymphatic system -- the lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels, spleen, etc. All lymphomas that aren't Hodgkin's Disease basically are grouped together as Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. There are over 30 different types of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Burkitt's lymphoma is one of those types. Non-Hodgkin lymphomas are often further grouped together by how fast the tumor spreads as aggressive or indolent (slow-growing). Burkitt's is considered a highly aggressive N-HL.

Burkitt's is most commonly found in children and is characterized by it's aggressive nature and the fact it usually involves the abdomen. It is more common in males. It is a very curable form of lymphoma with cure rates in the same range as Hodgkin's Disease.

Unfortunately, Burkitt's can spread through the bones of the face and skull and into the nervous system. I think that's what your best friend is dealing with. Hopefully the paralysis he's experiencing is temporary and will go away with treatment.

Here are some links:

You may also want to sign up for an account and ask questions on the lymphoma.com's N-HL board:
You should find a lot of very helpful people with more information.
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What is the scientific name for Burkitt's Lymphoma?

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Inheritance Patterns in Burkitt Lymphoma?

If a parent has the disease, what are the chances their offspring will get it? Is it autosomal dominant, or recessive?

Burkitt lymphoma is not inherited. We're not exactly sure what causes it but infection with Epstein Barr Virus may play a role. Outside of equatorial Africa, the disease is quite rare (about 100 new cases of Burkitt lymphoma in the US per year).  (+ info)

how to comfort someone with burkitt's lymphoma?

A family friend was diagnosed with burkitts. He is only 14 and supposed to go through extensive chemo all summer. He is really bummed to miss out. Do you have any ideas on what to do to comfort and help keep his mind off of it while at the hospital? Anyone that has been through or has had someone close to them go through it, any advice would be appreciated. I can pass on some info to the family. I want to do what I can while giving this young man privacy because I know how difficult it will get.

Very treatable cancer if caught early.
Perhaps buy him an ipod, a laptop with mobile internet card, lots of DVDs and a portable DVD player, this will go a long way of taking his mind off. Then educate his friends in his school so they will understand the illness and not be so down and out by it, that the poor boy does not have to play councillor to his sad looking friends when they come visit him to cheer him up! Lots of young kids are totally overwhelmed when visiting peers in hospital, and it helps if they are realistic but cheery. When they are also 14, they need some adult guidance to get them kickstarted on the path of positivity.
Take care.  (+ info)

How is Burkitt's Lymphoma inherited?

Is it sex-linked, recessive. dominant??? I can't find out anywhere!

It is not passed on genetically..  (+ info)

BURKITT-LIKE lymphoma?

I'm trying to find people like me with Burkitt-like lymphoma or experts to exchange experiences and information. Thanks.

I suggest you try on online support group to get you started. I started one such group when my mother was dx'd with a rare type of cancer. From this source, you may 'meet' people who live near you and are willing to talk live. Such friendships have developed within the group I started for my mother. Here are a couple of groups you can try for starters. GOOD LUCK!


http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Burkitts_Lymphoma/  (+ info)

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