lymphatic system

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Slow Growing Lymphoma

Slow growing lymphoma is often detected during the advance stage of the cancer. Many patient who go to the hospital and report symptoms are already well into the third or the fourth stage of the disease. Although a lot of patient would be more than happy to see a doctor and report any bodily abnormalities as soon as they detect that something is wrong with their system, patient with slow growing lymphoma often miss the opportunity of detecting the disease at an early stage.

The reason why very few slow growing lymphomas are detected at an early stage is that slow growing lymphomas do not manifest any symptoms at all during the early stage.

Early Detection is Problematic

Slow growing or low-grade lymphoma as the term tells us, is very slow in growing. At an early stage, it could hardly be detected and many patients who have them never experience any symptoms at all until their condition hits higher stage. Most cases of early detection can be attributed to accident or chance. In some patients, slow growing lymphoma is detected during routine physical check ups, x-rays and blood tests.

During these routine check ups, the doctor may notice some swelling in the lymph nodes of the patient, which could lead to some suspicions that the lymphatic system is performing abnormally. Where there is a reason to believe that there is something wrong with the patient’s lymphatic system, further tests should be taken to ascertain the cause of the abnormality.

Stages of Lymphoma

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that attacks the lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are cells located mostly in the white blood cells, the lymphoid tissues and the lymph nodes of a person. Where a person is afflicted with lymphoma, the lymphocytes grow abnormally and concentrate mostly on the lymph nodes. As the lymphocytes crowd along the lymph nodes, this causes inflation. An inflamed lymph node is usually one of the first signs a person would feel when he or she is afflicted with lymphoma.

Other signs that the person may have lymphoma are a systemic symptom involving low-grade fever, weight loss, fatigue, itchy skin and night sweating. However, always bear in mind that having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have lymphoma. The symptoms mentioned earlier are common symptoms for other forms of disease like infections. Before you jump into any conclusions, it is always advisable to seek professional advice. Lymphoma Types

There are many types of lymphoma. These types of lymphoma have different characteristics and behavior. However, for purposes of classification, this type of disease is divided into two main classifications, the Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The term Hodgkin’s lymphoma is coined after the scientist Thomas Hodgkin’s which discovered the disease in 1832. Since the discovery made by Hodgkin’s in 1832, there have been other studies conducted about the disease, which resulted in discoveries of around 30 other types of lymphoma. The later discoveries of different types of lymphoma are collectively classified as Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.