What is Intestinal Lymphoma of the Small Intestine?
Lymphoma of the small intestine is a type of cancer that originates from the lymphatic system of the body due to the abnormal growth of the white blood cells. The lymphatic system is a widespread system of lymph nodes and the lymphatic system that makes the immune system of the body and protects it from viruses, bacteria, and other infectious agents and foreign bodies. Lymphatic vessels of the lymphatic system carry lymph a clear fluid that contains infection-fighting cells.
Small intestinal lymphoma is usually associated with celiac disease and immunodeficiency syndrome. Patients having immuno-deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) are at a greater risk of developing lymphoma of the small intestine.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Pain in the abdomen which gets worse after eating
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blood in the stool
- Severe constipation
- Constant fever
- Constant feeling of tiredness
- Loss of appetite
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Ultrasound (USG) of the abdomen
- Endoscopic examination of the anus, rectum, small intestine, and large intestine. Endoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to visualize the internal organs of the body directly through the endoscope.
- Computed tomography (CT-pelvis) helps to differentiate the types of cells involved in cancer
- Biopsy of the lesion/tumour and histopathological examination
- Barium Meal
Surgical removal of the tumour (cancer part of the small intestine) is the main treatment option. Other treatment options are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted immunotherapy.
What Support can we Give for Lymphoma (Small Intestine)?
Lymphoma (Small Intestine) 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 Lymphoma (Small Intestine) , 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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