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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Blood Cancer Oncologist

• Name: Dr. Babis Andreadis
• Specialty:
Blood cancers like lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma
• Experience: 20 years
• Hospital: UCSF
• Hospital size:
Large academic institution

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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

• Name: Tony Donk
• 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

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Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL)

• Name: Arielle Rosen
• 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

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Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL), Stage I

• Name: Keyla Scrogham
• Cancer details: subtype of Diffuse Large B-Cell
• 1st Symptoms: Bad cough, slight trouble breathing
• Treatment: R-EPOCH (dose-adjusted) chemotherapy, 6 cycles


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Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL), Stage I-II

• Name: Donna Sadeghi
• 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

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Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL), Stage III

• Name: Stephanie Chuang
• 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