What is Lymphoma of the Colon?
Lymphoma of the colon is a rare form of cancer that originates in the lymphatic cells of the colon. Unlike more common colon cancers that start in the lining of the bowel, colon lymphomas start in the lymphatic tissue, which is part of the immune system. These tumours are typically classified as non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. Symptoms Symptoms of lymphoma of the colon can be similar to other types of colorectal cancers and may include:
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, often in the lower abdomen.
- Changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation.
- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Fatigue and weakness.
- In some cases, a mass or swelling in the abdomen.
Disease Aetiology (Causes)
The exact cause of lymphoma of the colon is not well understood. Factors that may increase the risk include a history of inflammatory bowel disease (like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), immune system disorders, or immune suppression (such as in organ transplant recipients or people with HIV/AIDS). Diagnosis Diagnosing lymphoma of the colon typically involves:
- Colonoscopy: To visually inspect the colon and obtain a biopsy of any suspicious areas.
- Imaging Studies: Including CT scans, MRI, or PET scans, to determine the extent of the cancer and check for metastasis.
- Biopsy: Examination of tissue samples under a microscope is critical for a definitive diagnosis.
- Blood Tests: To assess overall health and look for markers of lymphoma.
Treatment for lymphoma of the colon can vary based on the type and stage of the lymphoma and may include:
- Chemotherapy: The primary treatment for most types of lymphoma.
- Radiation Therapy: May be used in conjunction with chemotherapy, especially if the lymphoma is localized.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove a portion of the colon affected by the lymphoma.
- Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy: For certain types of lymphomas, these newer forms of treatment can be effective.
What support can we give for Lymphoma of the Colon?
Lymphoma of the Colon 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 Lymphoma of the Colon, 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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