Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Stories

Adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lymph system. According to the National Cancer Institute:

  • Can be indolent or aggressive.

  • Age, gender, and a weakened immune system can affect the risk of adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Signs and symptoms of adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma include swelling in the lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss, and fatigue.

  • Tests that examine the body and lymph system are used to help detect (find) and diagnose adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.

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Dr. Babis Andreadis

Role: Blood cancer oncologist
Specialty:
Blood cancers like lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma
Experience: 20 years
Hospital: UCSF
Hospital size:
Large academic institution

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Tony Donk

Diagnosis: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
Cancer details: Slow-growing form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
1st Symptoms: Lump in back of neck that got bigger in a couple weeks
Treatment: Chemo pill (Imbruvica), takes 3 pills a night
Status: Ongoing maintenance chemo

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Arielle Rosen

Diagnosis: Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL)
Cancer details: subtype of Diffuse Large-B-Cell
1st Symptoms: Swollen neck lymph nodes, fever, appetite loss, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, coughing, itchy skin, trouble breathing
Treatment: R-EPOCH (dose-adjusted) chemotherapy, 6 cycles
Status: Remission

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Keyla Scrogham

Diagnosis: Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL), Stage 1
Cancer details: subtype of Diffuse Large B-Cell
1st Symptoms: Bad cough, slight trouble breathing
Treatment: R-EPOCH (dose-adjusted) chemotherapy, 6 cycles
Status: Remission

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Donna Sadeghi

Diagnosis: Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL), Stage 1-2
Cancer details: subtype of Diffuse Large-B-Cell
1st Symptoms: Visible lump in center of throat, itchy legs, trouble swallowing
Treatment: R-EPOCH (dose-adjusted) chemotherapy, 6 cycles
Status: Remission

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Stephanie Chuang

Diagnosis: Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL), Stage 3
Cancer details: subtype of Diffuse Large-B-Cell
1st Symptoms: Visible swelling around the jaw and neck area, major fatigue
Treatment: R-EPOCH (dose-adjusted) chemotherapy, 6 cycles
Status: Remission