?>Most people diagnosed with any type of cancer find it very difficult to accept their situation. The usual reaction of patients and their family is denial of their condition. However, cancer is something that won't go away simply because you ignore its existence. It is therefore better to learn as much as possible of the disease and gain grounds fighting it than to simply hide and wait for the inevitable to happen. In the case of people with lymphoma, it is a must that you should understand what is going on in your body and be prepared for any eventualities. There are many things that could happen to people with lymphoma, as this type of cell abnormality is rather mobile compared to other types of cancers.
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that attacks the lymphocytes. The lymphocytes are defined by medical science as any of the nearly colorless cells found in the blood, lymph, and lymphoid tissues, constituting approximately 25 percent of white blood cells and including B cells, which function in humoral immunity, and T cells, which function in cellular immunity. So you should understand that lymphocytes are not only very mobile as it is carried in the blood, it is also part of the body's natural protective shield called the immune system.
Like all types of cancers, the cells divided abnormally or too quickly in people with lymphoma. Abnormal lymphocytes usually collect in the lymph nodes making this lymph nodes swell. However, swollen lymph nodes does not necessarily mean you have lymphoma as there are other forms of diseases that lead to the swelling of
lymph nodes. There are many types of lymphomas; however, the most popular classification is Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is named after Thomas Hodgkin who discovered the type of cancer in 1832, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which catches all other types of lymphoma.
Lymphocytes are part of the normal circulation of the human body. Since lymphoma attacks the lymphocytes, aside form the lymph nodes; the abnormal lymphocytes have access to different parts of the human body. Although in most cases, the spleen and the bone marrow are the favorite spots where abnormal lymphocytes would gather and form lymphoma outside of the lymph nodes, there are some people who would develop lymphoma in the liver, the stomach and is very rare cases, in the brain. Lymphoma can form almost everywhere in the body and it is not uncommon for lymphoma to occur simultaneously or one after another in different parts of the human body. This is why lymphoma is considered one of the systemic diseases that affect the entire human anatomy.
Symptoms of lymphoma are usually connected with the swollen glands. As the abnormal lymphocytes no longer performs it natural functions of protecting the body as from infections, the person with lymphoma become more prone to infections of any kind. It must be noted that part of the functions of the lymphocytes in the human body involves assisting the body's immune system in fighting off infection and other forms of diseases. Where a person has lymphoma, his or her immune system is now impaired and he or she can no longer fight back infections efficiently.
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