Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Treatment

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

What is Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is a type of cancer which starts in the lymph tissue, in white blood cells called lymphocytes.  The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system which fights infections and diseases; however, the lymphatic system also helps to regulate fluid movement through the body.

There are three types of white blood cells which make up the lymphatic system, called B cells (B lymphocytes), T cells (T lymphocytes) and natural killer cells.  B cells help fight viruses by making antibodies, T cells destroy pathogens and help the other immune system cells, while natural killer cells help control the growth of tumours and infections.  When these lymphocytes become cancerous it is called lymphoma.  

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is different from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, because of the presence of an atypical cell called the Reed-Sternberg cell which only occurs in Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  NHL is also more common than Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Types of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma:

The different types of NHL are classified depending on how the lymphatic system cells look under a microscope.  According to the American Cancer Society, about 85% of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas are B-cell lymphomas, less than 15% are T-cell lymphomas and less than 1% are natural killer cell lymphomas.  

B-cell lymphomas are mostly diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and follicular lymphoma.  Other types of B-cell lymphomas include Burkitt’s lymphoma (small noncleaved cell lymphoma), lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, and small lymphocytic lymphoma. 

The most common types of NHL in children and teenagers are anaplastic large cell lymphoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma, diffuse large cell lymphoma and lymphoblastic lymphoma, while the most common types in adults are diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Symptoms:

Symptoms of NHL may include chest pain or abdominal pain, itchy skin or rashes and lumps, coughing, difficulty breathing, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nights sweats and unexplained weight loss.  The B-symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma are fever, drenching night sweats and unexplained weight loss, and help predict the severity of the disease.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

How Can Chinese Medicine Help?

In Chinese Medicine, the organs in the body are viewed as connected to each other and the whole body.  When one organ becomes weakened or diseased, this naturally affects the other organs and therefore causes symptoms.  Chinese Medicine can help treat many diseases including cancer by bringing the affected organs back into balance so that they can function properly again. For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help treat lymphatic cancers like NHL, click here.

Cancer treatments in Western Medicine often involve chemotherapy and radiation therapy which come along with side effects.  At Centre of Balance we can also help you deal with these side effects by reducing pain and inflammation, energising the immune system and soothing nausea and vomiting.  The techniques used in Chinese Medicine are effective and rarely have any side effects.

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