What Is Lymphoma of the Spinal Cord?
Lymphoma of the spinal cord is a type of cancer that develops due to the uncontrolled division or multiplication of the lymphocytes or other cells of the lymphatic system (white blood cells) that supplies the spinal cord. In most persons, lymphoma usually affects the vertebral column but in rare cases, it also affects the spinal cord.
What is the Lymphatic System of the Body?
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 containing infection-fighting cells.
There is no well-known cause, however, it is usually developed in immune-compromised people such as persons suffering from AIDS, have current or past infection of Epstein – Barr virus, or organ transplant patients who are suffering from any chronic disease. These account for 4% of all cancers of the lymphatic system and commonly develop in children.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Constant feeling of tiredness
- Pain in the back
- Altered level of consciousness
- Weakness in one or both sides of the body
- Numbness of the arms and legs
- Difficulty in walking and writing
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are;
- Imaging techniques like Chest X-ray, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan to see the site, size, and extent of the tumour.
- Tumour biopsy (tumour biopsy to remove a small sample of tissue for histopathological examination)
- USG-guided fine needle aspiration cytology
Radiotherapy is the main treatment option for spinal cord lymphomas because it preserves the neurological functions of the spinal cord. The response to the treatment is poor in cases of spinal cord lymphoma. In 50% of cases of spinal cord lymphoma, the survival rate is 2.5 years or less.
What Support can we Give for Lymphoma of the Spinal Cord?
Lymphoma of the Spinal Cord 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 of the Spinal Cord, 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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