What is Follicular Dendritic Cell Tumour?
A follicular dendritic cell tumour is a slowly growing, painless, low-grade mass that arises from transformed connective tissue cells. Follicular dendritic cell tumours mainly develop in the lymph nodes, but can also develop in the head, neck, spleen, liver, lungs, skin, chest, and abdomen.
There is no well-known cause. However, several clinical studies have shown an association between Castleman’s disease and follicular dendritic cell sarcoma. Castleman’s disease is a condition in which benign tumours or growths develop in the lymph nodes. Another association has been found between infection with the Epstein bar virus and the development of follicular dendritic cell tumours.
Follicular dendritic cell tumour is a rare disease, with only a few cases reported to date. It accounts for approximately less than 0.4% of soft tissue sarcomas. 5th decade of life – the average age for the development of follicular dendritic cell tumour; however, it can also develop in children. It is more common in women than in men.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Slowly growing painless mass or lump
- Enlarged and swollen lymph nodes with no pain
- Sore throat
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Constant Fever
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive sweating at night
- Constant fatigue
- Pain in the abdomen in cases where the tumour originates from the abdomen
The following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis these are
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as USG, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan can be used to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumour.
- Tumour biopsy and histopathology
Surgical resection of the tumour (cutting or removal of the tumour through surgery) along with radiation therapy is the main treatment option.
What Support can we Give for Follicular Dendritic Cell Tumour?
Follicular Dendritic Cell Tumour is 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 Follicular Dendritic Cell Tumour, 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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