Lymphoma or cancer of the lymphatic system is one of the most difficult to treat because until now, the cure has not been discovered. Although there are some preventive measures, nothing can stop it completely once it has multiplied, affecting the function of specific organs of the body.
The lymphatic system refers to a network of interconnected nodes and thin tubes that help white blood cells carry out their function of fighting infections. When these cells are affected by cancer cells, they affect the way white blood cells perform their function.
In an interview for GetQoralHealth , the specialist in multiple myelomaVíctor Salinas, explains the diagnosis of lymphoma:
Lymphoma refers to a part of the lymphatic system, but there are about 30 types of lymphoma, including mantle cell lymphoma, MALT lymphoma, cutaneous lymphoma, diffuse B-cell lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma, and primary CNS lymphoma; among others, but they can belong to two different categories, including Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
According to the experts, both categories can present the same symptoms, but the great difference of these two types will be noticed depending on the affected person.
Red alert of lymphoma
The lymphoma could be considered a silent threat, since it will be some time before its symptoms are noticed. And, when they do, they can be so common that many people will not take it seriously, unless the symptoms become so noticeable to consult a doctor.
Víctor Salinas, specialist in multiple myeloma, also, explains the treatment of lymphoma:
If you are at risk, for example belong to a family with history of cancer history, specifically cancer of the lymphatic system, it would be best to undergo a checkup if:
Experts say that this is the most common and sometimes the only symptom of lymphoma. Once there is enlarged lymph nodes, it is the best time to undergo a revision.
You can check yourself if the nodes are enlarged or ask someone to check it for you if you do not feel safe about the packages. However, not all enlarged lymph nodes are always signs of lymphoma so it is best to consult a doctor.
Drastic weight loss
Once the cancer cells attack the lymphatic system, the person suddenly loses weight for no apparent reason. In fact, if it is not detected in the next few months, you can lose as much as 15 to 20 pounds!
Other symptoms of lymphoma, apart from enlarged lymph nodes and weight loss may include continuous fever, excessive sweating, especially at night, despite cold weather, and severe itching in almost all parts of the body that are the result of special chemicals secreted by the lymphoma cells.