Can You Survive Lymphoma?

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Modern medicine exerts its maximum effort in an attempt to discover new treatment modalities to cure some of the debilitating diseases the globe is facing. However, there are still some failures as to the treatment of these diseases. Based on the statistics, it shows that there is still a number of diseases which are incurable and which citizens still suffer, and cancer is one of them.

Lymphoma is a type of cancer involving cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. It is a group of cancers that affect the cells that play a role in the immune system and primarily represents cells involved in the lymphatic system of the body.

Lymphomas fall into two categories namely, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and the Non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Survival rate of the two differs, and most of the physicians estimate the survival rate based on these two categories.

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma involves the altered cancerous cell called Reed-Sternberg cell which is cancerous in nature. It is commonly observed in adults and young adolescents and to those over age of 50. There are more cases that men had this type of lymphoma than females. Doctors put a high survival rate to this category of lymphoma because although this type of cancer is considered aggressive, there is a wide array of treatment options available to increase the survival rate of the individuals afflicted with this disease. The 10-year overall survival rate is more than 90% for any stages, early stage may help more (stage I or II) Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since many patients are young, they often live 40 years or more after treatment.

On the other hand, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma involves the kind of lymphoma which lacks the characteristic Reed- Sternberg cell. It is by far more common than Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is commonly observed to people 60 years and above. It is considered to be high grade and very aggressive. High-grade aggressive lymphomas are often symptomatic early on and are potentially curable with aggressive treatments.

Most other aggressive lymphomas respond to aggressive chemotherapy. Some aggressive lymphomas, such as mantle cell lymphoma, are less responsive to standard chemotherapy. According to the American Cancer Society, the overall 5-year relative survival rate for patients with non-Hodgkin’ s lymphoma is 63% and the 10-year relative survival rate is 51%.

The relative survival rate estimates the probability that a person will survive a certain number years after diagnosis. It is calculated to exclude the likelihood of death from diseases other than the cancer.

No matter what the figures say regarding the survival rate of lymphoma, it is still best that we keep ourselves healthy. Prevention is still better than cure. Also, early detection and diagnosis of lymphoma contributes a lot to proper treatment and intervention which can lead to high prognosis and survival rate. Hence, always remember, if you feel something abnormal, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.

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