Review: Introduction to Lymphoma
Here is what we have learned from Introduction to Lymphoma:
- Lymphoma consists of two main groups of lymphatic disease: Hodgkin lymphoma and the non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
- Hodgkin lymphoma tends to spread in a fairly orderly way from one group of lymph nodes to the next group.
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma can spread to almost any part of the body, including the liver, bone marrow, and spleen.
- People at risk of developing lymphatic disease include those who have inherited immune deficiency disease, autoimmune disease; and HIV and age and sex are also risk factors.
- "B" symptoms for Hodgkin lymphoma include persistent, painless swelling of lymph nodes, and unexplained fevers, tiredness, night sweats, weight loss, and itching.
- There are many forms of NHL involving different organs; signs and symptoms vary, often depending on the areas of the body or systems affected.
- Favorable prognostic factors for malignant lymphomas include early diagnosis, young age, and long remission.
- Prognostic factors for Hodgkin lymphoma include cell type and presence or absence of "B" symptoms.
- Prognostic factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma include cell type, B symptoms, mass size, age, and extranodal involvement.