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Symptoms of Low Grade B Cell Lymphoma

written by: AlyssaAst • edited by: DaniellaNicole • updated: 6/25/2009

Low grade B Cell Lymphoma differs from the common forms of Lymphoma. Unique symptoms may be produced from this form of cancer compared to other forms of Lymphoma. The treatment options can differ as well.

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    Low grade B Cell Lymphoma is different than other forms of Lymphoma because it is caused from abnormal B Cells. These abnormal cells, which normally assist the body, become cancerous. When the cancerous cells multiply, the cancer quickly spreads because each cell replicates to form an identical cancerous cell. Every human has unique sets of cells, this makes each individuals case of cancer different and more difficult to treat.

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    Symptoms

    Many symptoms can be produced from low grade B Cell Lymphoma. Some of the symptoms often appear to not even be related to a health concern, often allowing the cancer to spread unnoticed. Lymphoma can produce painless bumps on the lymph nodes of the body. The lymph nodes are located in the neck, underarm, and groin.

    Other symptoms of Lymphoma can take the form of night sweats and fevers that can not be explained. Lymphoma can often make a person experience extreme fatigue. Unexplainable weight loss can be a symptom of the cancer, along with nausea and vomiting. A symptom of this cancer can cause shortness of breath and a cough.

    The skin can begin to show symptoms of Lymphoma as well. Red patches can often appear on the skin. The skin can begin to itch severely without an explainable cause. A person with this condition may experience pain in their back or abdomen. Headaches can often affect a person with Lymphoma. This cancer can cause a person to have difficulty moving certain body parts.

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    Treatment

    Once a person is diagnosed with this cancer, there are many treatment options available. The most common treatments for Lymphoma are chemotherapy and radiation. Chemotherapy uses several drugs that are administered into the body through an IV or into the mouth. The drugs kill any malignant cells in the body. Radiation therapy treats the cancer by targeting the cancerous cells with high energy rays. Often, both forms of treatments are used together.

    Other treatments for this cancer can include stem cell transplantation. This treatment uses healthy stem cells from a donor to replace the damaged cells in the body. Biological therapy is used to treat the cancer as well. This treatment uses the body’s own immune system to treat the cancer.

    Often, the cancerous cells, or tumors, are removed surgically from the body. Multiple forms of treatments can be used to fight the cancer. The form of Lymphoma and the progression of the cancer can determine which treatment or treatments may work best.

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    References:

    “The Lymphoma Center” 2008, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

    “Lymphoma Overview” April 22, 2008 WebMD.com