Is non-Hodgkin lymphoma fatal?

Although non-Hodgkin lymphoma is very curable, like any cancer the disease can prove fatal if left untreated too long. Survivability therefore depends on the stage of the disease when treatment begins, and whether it has metastasized, or spread, to other parts of the body. A localized stage of non-Hodgkin lymphoma has a 5-year survival rate of 81 percent. A metastasized case, on the other hand, has a survivability rate over the same period of 58 percent. Overall survivability of non-Hodgkin lymphoma over five years is 67.4 percent.

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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or NHL, develops when cancerous cells crowd out healthy ones in the tissues and organs that make up the immune system, your bodys line of defense. To fight infection, your lymph system extends throughout mo...

st of your body, which is why lymphoma can spread easily. If you notice swollen lymph nodes, unexplained weight loss and extreme fatigue, visit your doctor. Children should also be monitored for breathing problems, a symptom of Childhood non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Although no one knows the cause of this cancer, if youre a male or Caucasian, have HIV/AIDS or intake a diet high in fats, you have a higher chance of developing adult non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Early detection and treatment can lead to success against this cancer.

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