About Non – Hodgkin Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’ Lymphoma (NHL) is a group of blood cancers that include all types of lymphoma’s except Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Lymphoma’s are types of cancer that develop in the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells. NHL is the sixth most common cancer worldwide, with an estimated 500,000 new cases in 2018 globally.
The most common symptoms of NHL are enlarged lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss, and tiredness. Other symptoms include bone pain, chest pain and itchiness. Some forms of NHL are slow-growing whereas others may be fast-growing.
Once NHL has been diagnosed, doctors will determine the stage of cancer and whether or not it is metastatic; based on which doctors would be able to devise a treatment plan.NHL treatment varies depending on whether or not cancer has spread. Treatments include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, stem cell transplant, surgery, and watchful watching.
To know more about Non -Hodgkin’s Lymphoma you can refer to our Non – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Guide
No major professional organisations currently recommend any routine screening of the general public for Non -Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Dr Ashish Joshi
Consultant Medical and Haemato Oncologist
Professor Anastasios Karadimitris
Professor of Haematology
COMPARE PRICING FOR - Non – Hodgkin Lymphoma
Chemotherapy: This is given by administrating drugs intravenously (IV), intra-arterially (IA) or via intra – peritoneal (IP) injections to destroy cancer cells. This treatment can last up to many weeks.
Radiotherapy: This is performed by directing radiation beams at the targeted area, and like chemotherapy this treatment usually requires multiple sessions which are performed over a series of weeks.
Targeted Therapy: This is performed by administrating a number of drugs to the patient which will target certain components of the cancer cells.
Stem Cell Transplant: This is commonly used to treat HL. When stem cell transplants were first discovered, the new stem cells came from the bone marrow and so this was known as Bone Marrow Transplant. Now, stem cells are often collected from the blood stream and hence called Stem Cell Transplant. Stem Cell Transplant can either be autologous or allogenic.
Before the transplant high-dose chemotherapy is used to kill the cells in the bone marrow. Then the patient receives new, healthy blood-forming stem cells.
Treatments are often used in combination with each other, particularly is the cancer is advanced and surgery is being performed. Chemotherapy may often be used before surgery to shrink the tumour or after surgery to destroy any cancer cells that could not be removed during surgery.
You may experience vomiting, nausea, hair loss, fatigue & body pain during treatment. Please do not hesitate to discuss this further with your doctor, for more information on the management of any symptoms.
Recovery would depend upon treatment of choice, as stem cell transplant may require longer duration of recovery.
Patients need to ensure appropriate rest during recovery period. If there is pain and discomfort then please speak to your doctor for its management.
length of stay
Hospital Stay: 3-14 days
Total Stay: Depending upon treatment the length of stay can vary from 2 weeks to a few months