?>Aggressive lymphoma grows at frightening speed. The good news about this type of lymphoma even if it does grow very fast is that it manifests symptoms at an early stage. Patients who have aggressive lymphoma often manifest swelling of the lymph nodes around the neck area, the armpit and the groin even if the cancer is just starting or still in Stage 1 or 2. As the key factor for totally curing cancers is that fact the it is discovered early before it had the chance to spread to other parts of the body, early manifestation of symptoms in fast growing lymphoma is a plus factor.
Lymphoma attacks the lymphocytes of a person which is located in the white blood cells, the lymphoid tissues and the lymph nodes. By nature, lymphocytes are mobile and have access to all parts of the body. It is carried in the blood circulation therefore allowing abnormal cells or cancer cells to migrate to other parts of the body other than the area where it was originally found. That is the reason why this type of cancer is classified as systemic disease or that which affects the entire body. In fast growing lymphoma, systems could be systemic such overall tiredness, night sweating that drenches the person and the sheets on which he or she sleeps on, unexplained itchiness all over the body including some form of skin diseases and low grade fever.
These symptoms however are very systemic, meaning these symptoms could be a manifestation of other forms of ailments such us infections. That is why there are some cases where the lymphoma is not found to be the cause at once. However, where the symptom is coupled with non-painful swelling in the lymph nodes especially around the neck area, it is advisable that the patient should undergo further
test to ascertain the real situation.
In the event where the test gave conclusive results that the patient is indeed suffering from lymphoma, a further test to grade the lymphoma and to find out what stage it is now in. Test and procedures should include histology of the patient. It is important to know where or not the patient's family has a history of cancer. Cancer is usually hereditary, meaning it is an anomaly of the genetic structure of the people belonging to certain family or bloodline. In the event where the patient's family indeed have a history of cancer, especially lymphoma, the rest of the family members should be alerted to the that fact. Studies show that where a member of the family suffered aggressive lymphoma, she is a marked increase in the risk that other members of the family may also have abnormal cells lurking in their system.
Those family members who have the same sex as that of the patient has a risk factor 10 times higher than those of the opposite sex. On the other hand, where the patient has an identical twin, it is best to subject the twin to tests and procedures similar to that of the other twin. Since identical twins have the same genetic composition, it is 100% probable that the abnormal cells found in the other twin is also present on the other. Monitoring the other twin would be advisable even if he or she does not manifest any symptoms at the time the other twin got sick. Furthermore, even if the other twin is found to be free of lymphoma at the time the tests and procedures were conducted, this is not a guarantee that he or she will not get the disease in the future. Vigilance should always be observed in these cases as early detection would greatly help the other family members.
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