Educating Yourself About Lymphoma
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My father is 72 and has lymphoma. He didn’t know he had it until he went for a checkup. I was just wondering what the ratio would be for people who survive this disease to how many don’t, so I can know what to expect.
There many different types of lymphoma and the prognosis and expected course can vary significantly between different types. In general, the non-Hodgkin's lymphomas are divided into slow-growing (indolent), aggressive, and highly aggressive. People with slow-growing lymphomas can live for many years with their disease and might not require treatment when initially diagnosed. In general, the indolent lymphomas are not curable with standard chemotherapy.
The aggressive and highly aggressive lymphomas are potentially curable with combination chemotherapy. Prognosis depends on a number of factors. If someone doesn’t respond well to treatment or subsequently relapses, the disease can grow quickly and cause problems in a short period of time.
You first step should be to find out the type of lymphoma that your father has. The second step would be to find out its “stage” (how widespread it is). Assuming you can’t get more details directly from your father’s physician, these two pieces of information should allow you to do some Internet searching for guidance on prognosis. You can begin with the .
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