Lymphoma is a broad term used for a group of blood cancers that begin in cells of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Lymphomas develop when lymphocytes become abnormal. Lymphocytes are white blood cells formed in the bone marrow that travel through the blood and lymph fluid. When caught early, most lymphomas can be successfully treated.
Compass Oncology offers a team approach dedicated to treating lymphomas. Our hematologists specialize in blood disorders and cancers of the blood. If you were recently diagnosed, they can answer any questions you and your family have about lymphoma and the best next steps. We are here to guide you through selecting and receiving the treatment that's right for you.
NHL is the most common type, and generally develops in lymph nodes and lymphatic tissue found in organs such as the stomach, intestines, or skin. NHL sometimes also affects the blood and bone marrow.
Hodgkin lymphoma is less common than non-Hodgkin lymphoma and tends to affect young adults in the prime of their lives. Hodgkin lymphoma is highly survivable, especially when caught early.
Signs and symptoms of lymphoma may include:
Factors that can increase the risk of lymphoma include:
Learn about the types of tests used by hematologists to confirm a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and hodgkin lymphoma.
Staging is a way of describing where the lymphoma is located, if or where it has spread, and whether it is affecting other parts of the body. Knowing the stage helps the doctor to decide what kind of treatment is best. It can also predict the patient’s chance of recovery (prognosis).
Your hematologist will recommend a personalized lymphoma treatment plan for you based on the type of lymphoma you have, its stage, how quickly it's growing and overall prognosis. In some cases, treatment may not begin right away. Learn more about treatment options for both types of lymphoma.
In recent years, clinical research has created steady advancement in the treatment of lymphoma thanks to patients who are willing to participate in trials that prove the safety and effectiveness of new and better therapies. The hematology oncologists at Compass Oncology continue to actively participate in multiple clinical trials that focus on treating lymphoma and other blood cancers. Contact us today to learn more about the lymphoma clinical trials available in the Portland-Vancouver area.
If you have been diagnosed with a type of lymphoma, the blood cancer doctors at Compass Oncology can provide second opinions on the best cancer treatment based on your situation. We offer the latest cancer treatments close to home at cancer centers located in the Portland-Vancouver area.