Lymphoma

We offer world-class care for anyone with lymphoma.

Our aim is to support and guide patients through whatever care they need, including:

  • investigations and diagnosis
  • radiotherapy
  • anti-cancer drugs.

Lymphoma is cancer of the white blood cells. These white blood cells (lymphocytes) help your body fight infections along with lymph nodes, bone marrow and the rest of the lymphatic system.

Symptoms of lymphoma can include:

  • swelling in your neck, underarms or groin
  • fever, tiredness, night sweats, itching or weight loss
  • cough, shortness of breath or chest pain
  • fullness or swelling in the abdomen
  • fits, paralysis or trouble walking.

There are many types of lymphoma, including:

  • Hodgkin’s, which begins in certain cells of the bone marrow
  • Non-Hodgkin’s, which is the most common lymphoma and is most common in older people.
  • T-cell lymphoma.

Could do more on blood tests, marrow biopsy, lumbar puncture, cytogenetic studies, immunohistochemistry, cytometry, genetic studies There are a number of initial tests needed to diagnose lymphoma. These start with:

  • discussing symptoms and medical history
  • a physical examination
  • blood tests
  • scans, such as an MRI, CT and PET.

If these tests suggest you may have cancer, your consultant will probably recommend a biopsy – when a sample of tissue is taken for examination under a microscope. (deliberately not gone in to bone marrow/lymph etc, but we can do).

If you are diagnosed with lymphoma, you will have immediate access to world-class specialists and state of the art facilities.

We treat every patient on an individual basis. You will have the option to choose what you want, where and when. Our aim is to give everyone the best possible results.

Your consultant will work closely with other specialists in the multidisciplinary team to design a treatment plan for you.

The treatment of lymphoma depends on the type of cancer, how advanced it is and whether it has spread, as well as a patient’s age and general health. For some patients with slow-growing lymphoma, a ‘watch and wait’ approach may be recommended. For others, options may include radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapies.

[Is there a CNS?] You will also be cared for by an experienced Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). She works closely with the consultants to co-ordinate your care. She is there to advise and support you every step of the way.

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