Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is a type of cancer which starts in the lymphatic system. Lymph tissue is found throughout the body in areas like the lymph nodes, spleen and tonsils. When white blood cells in the lymph tissue become cancerous it is called a lymphoma. There are many types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but overall NHL is more common than Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This article will present the diagnosis and prevention for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as well as how Chinese Medicine can help with treatment.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Diagnosis:
Doctors can perform a physical exam to check for swollen lymph nodes, as well as enlarged spleen or liver which can be indicators of NHL. Blood tests and urine tests can also help by finding out if your body is fighting an infection, and if so, what type of infection.
Tumours can be found through imaging technologies like MRI, X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, bone scans and positron emission tomography (PET) scans. These tests can also show the size of the tumour and the stage of the cancer.
One definitive method of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis is to remove a portion of a lymph node for analysis, by performing a biopsy. Bone marrow biopsies can help determine the stage of the lymphoma, and blood tests can also help with this.
Prevention of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma:
To help prevent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma developing, you can avoid certain risk factors like obesity and infection. To maintain a healthy body weight, try keeping physically active by exercising every day, and consuming many nutritious vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Avoiding processed foods, sugary drinks and red or processed meats may also help.
To reduce chances of infection, maintain a high standard of hygiene by regularly bathing and washing hands. Some risk factors for NHL aren’t under our control, like family history of NHL and our age.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Chinese Medicine views the human body as a small universe, where all the systems and organs are connected. Naturally, when one part of the body becomes weak or infected, this affects other organs and may lead to disease due to an imbalance in the body. Chinese Medicine practitioners will typically analyse your symptoms and may take your pulse to identify the underlying imbalance in the body. From there, techniques like acupuncture can be used to energise the target organ, encouraging it to function properly again. When your body’s systems are back in balance it can begin to heal itself, reducing your symptoms.
Chinese Medicine can be used to treat cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in various ways depending on the type and stage of the cancer. Acupuncture can be very effective at minimising pain from cancer, as well as strengthening the immune system and reducing inflammation and swelling. Chinese Medicine may also be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments like chemotherapy, to help treat side effects like nausea and pain.
Overall, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer which begins in the white blood cells of the lymphatic system. Various methods can be used to diagnose NHL including imaging tests like x-rays, and blood tests as well as biopsies. Certain lifestyle adjustments can be implemented to help prevent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, such as maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding infections. Chinese Medicine can help to treat cancers like NHL by boosting the immune system and reducing pain and inflammation, as well as helping with side effects from other cancer treatments.
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