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Learn About Lymphoma

Quick Facts about Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Hodgkin's Lymphoma

The following information has been taken from the Lymphoma Research Foundation's Understanding Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Understanding Hodgkin's Lymphoma publications.  Please visit the publications page to view additional educational booklets and fact sheets.

Please click on the underlined questions below for comprehensive information and explanations.
 
The Immune System
   What is cancer?     
     What is the immune system?
     What is the lymphatic system?
     What are lymphocytes?

What is Lymphoma?
   What are the signs and symptoms?
     What will the doctor look for during a physical examination?
     What is a biopsy and how is it performed?
     What will the blood tests tell about the cancer?
     What is a bone marrow examination?
     What is a cerebrospinal fluid examination?
     What other tests may be needed?
     What are imaging tests & how do they help evaluate the cancer?

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
    What is Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?
      How do Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas develop?
      How common is Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?
      What causes Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?

   How is Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma classified and graded?    
     What do the classification and grade mean?
     What is cancer staging and what does it mean?
     What does the letter "A," "B," or "E" after the stage mean?
     What are the different types of low-grade Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?
     What are the long-term side effects of cancer treatment?
     What therapies are available for relapse after primary therapy?
     What are the different types of intermediate/high-grade Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?
     What other types of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma re there?

   Treating Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
     Terms used to describe possible outcomes of treatment
     What factors affect whether treatment is successful?
     What is prognosis and how is it used to determine treatment?

  What is the difference between standard therapies and clinical trials?
  What is watchful waiting?

  What is chemotherapy and how does it work?    
     Why are several different chemotherapy drugs given?
     Why are several doses of chemotherapy given?
     How is chemotherapy given?
     Why is it important to maintain the dose and schedule for chemotherapy?
     Why does chemotherapy cause side effects (toxicity)?
     What do patients need to know about the side effects of chemotherapy?
     Common Chemotherapy Drugs
     Common Drug Regimens Used to Treat Non-Hodgkin's

  How does radiation therapy work?
     What are the side effects of radiation therapy?

  What are monoclonal antibodies and how do they work?
     What are radioimmunotherapies and how do they work?
     What are interferons?
     What are vaccines?
     What are antisense therapies?
     What other new biologic therapies are on the horizon?

  What are bone marrow and stem cell transplantations?
     What are the sources of bone marrow or stem cells?
     What is the procedure for a bone marrow or stem cell transplant?
     What is the mini-bone marrow or mini-stem cell transplant?

Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  What is Hodgkin's lymphoma?
     How does Hodgkin's lymphoma develop?
     How common is Hodgkin's lymphoma?
     What causes Hodgkin's lymphoma?

  What are the different subtypes of Hodgkin's lymphoma?
     What is meant by tumor bulk?
     What is cancer staging & what does it mean?
     What do the letter "A," "B," "E" after the stage mean?

  Treating Hodgkin's Lymphoma    
     Terms used to describe possible outcomes of treatment
     What factors affect whether treatment is successful?
     What is prognosis and how is it used to determine treatment?

  What is the difference between standard therapies and clinical trials?

  What is chemotherapy and how does it work?
     Why are several different chemotherapy drugs given?
     Why are several doses of chemotherapy given?
     How is chemotherapy given?
     Why is it important to maintain the dose and schedule of chemotherapy?
     Why does chemotherapy cause side effects (toxicity)?
     What do patients need to know about the side effects of chemotherapy?
     Common Chemotherapy Drugs
     Common Drug Regimens Used to Treat Hodgkin's Disease

  How does radiation therapy work?
     What are the side effects of radiation therapy?

  What therapies are available for relapse after primary therapy?

  What are the long-term side effects of cancer treatment?

What are bone marrow and stem cell transplantations?    
     What are the sources of bone marrow or stem cells?
     What is the procedure for a bone marrow or stem cell transplant?
     What is the mini-bone marrow or mini-stem cell transplant?

Organizing Your Medical Care and Coping With Your Illness
  How should I choose an oncologist and hospital?
     Should I get a second opinion?
     How can I communicate with my healthcare team?
     How can I actively participate in my health care?