What is Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Classic Hodgkin lymphoma is a special type of white blood cell cancer that arises from abnormal B lymphocytes. These abnormal B cells are known as Sternberg’s reed cells. It can develop at any age, but the average age for development of classic Hodgkin’s lymphoma ranges from 20-40 years, with the peak incidence over the age of 55.
What is Lymphoma?
Lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells that have developed due to the uncontrolled division of lymphocytes (white blood cells).
What is B-lymphocyte?
B-lymphocyte is a type of white blood cell that fights off pathogens and foreign substances by producing antibodies against these pathogens or substances.
There is no well-known cause, but certain infections such as Epstein Bar Virus (EBV) infection and HIV (Human immune deficiency virus) infection, previous radiation exposure, or certain harmful chemicals are risk factors for developing follicular lymphoma.
Signs and symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Enlarged or swollen painless slowly growing lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, abdomen, and groin
- Shortness of breath where the tumor is spread to the lungs
The following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Imaging studies such as X-ray, CT-scan, and MRI to detect the site, size, and extent of the metastasis (spread of the tumor)
- CT chest, the scan of bones, and PET-Scan to assess the areas and spread of the tumor
- Lymph node biopsy / Tumor biopsy
- Bone marrow biopsy
Surgical removal of a tumor or lymph node, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplantation are the main treatment options.
What Support can we Give for Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma is a rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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