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Our commitment to our patients is to provide the most advanced treatments for all types of cancers of the blood, including lymphomas.
Lymphoma is a broad term for blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that rid the body of toxins and waste. In addition, the lymphatic system transports infection-fighting white blood cells through the body.
Lymphomas are broadly categorized into two main types: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Beyond that, there are many different subtypes, especially subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, research is a crucial part of our mission. Our researchers have been instrumental in the development of many new therapies for lymphomas, and we are committed to advancing treatment by discovering new drugs.
However, because there is a lot more to learn about the disease, we urge you to review other important information about diagnosing, staging, and treating lymphoma on our website and/or the website for the National Cancer Institute.
Signs, Symptoms & Risk Factors
Often times, people diagnosed with lymphoma don’t have any obvious risk factors, nor will they experience obvious signs and symptoms. However, becoming familiar with the symptoms of lymphoma can improve your chances of recieving a timely diagnosis.
Lymphoma Detection & Diagnosis
While there isn’t a screening test for lymphoma, it can still be diagnosed by paying attention to the signs and symptoms. If you are experiencing any symptoms, schedule an appointment with your physician for diagnosis testing.
Types of Lymphoma
Many types of lymphoma exist, but they are broadly categorized into two main types: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The type of lymphoma you are diagnosed with will affect your treatment options and prognosis.
Staging your lymphoma involves figuring out if the disease has spread, and if so, how far. There are a variety of tests that your hematologist could use to stage your lymphoma, including: diagnositic imaging, spinal tap, or bone marrow biopsy.
Treatment Options for Lymphoma
Regardless of what type of lymphoma you have been diagnosed with, you can expect some form of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, or a combination of treatments. Sometimes, a bone or blood marrow transplantation may also be done.
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