Lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes which are part of the body’s immune system. There are two primary types of lymphocytes - B cells and T cells. Both are designed to recognise and destroy infections and abnormal cells. Lymphoma occurs when either lymphocyte B or T cell undergoes a malignant change and multiplies, eventually crowding out healthy cells and forming tumours. These tumours can form anywhere in the lymphatic system and affect the normal functioning of the immune system.
Patients who have Lymphoma may not pay attention to some of the signs that are presented at the beginning as the warning signs are so subtle that it may take some time before they realise that there is anything seriously wrong.
Below is a list of the common symptoms of Lymphoma:
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned, the doctor will need to run some tests to find out what is causing the problems. Your doctor may ask about your personal and family medical history.
The following are risk factors of Lymphoma:
There are different treatments available for depending on the type and stage of Lymphoma. Other factors include your age, your overall health, and your own preferences. The types of treatment that may be prescribed are as follows.