Lymphoma: Causes, Symptoms, Complications

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most prevalent types of cancer in the United States, accounting for around 4% of all cancers that are diagnosed in the country. According to the American Cancer Society, about 72,240 people have been diagnosed with this form of cancer in 2017. Here, we are going to take a closer look at lymphoma, its symptoms and causes

Understanding Lymphoma

Lymphoma is classified by the type of immune cells it affects. There are two main types of lymphoma, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin. But, there are many sub-types which fall under these two main categories. Hodgkin lymphoma is identified by the presence of cells that are known as Reed-Sternberg cells while non-Hodgkin, which is the most common type of lymphoma, affects T and B cells and accounts for nearly 90% of all lymphoma cases in the US.

Symptoms of Lymphoma

The symptoms of lymphoma are similar to a viral disease such as the common cold, with the only difference being with lymphoma, the symptoms persists for longer.  There are also cases where the patient has not shown any symptoms at all, while other symptoms include a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, groin or abdomen. The swelling is painless, but can be painful if the enlarged area is pressed. Since the swelling of the lymph nodes can also occur during a cold, this often leads to a misdiagnosis. Other common symptoms of lymphoma include:

  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching Sensation
  • Persistent fatigue and unusual lack of energy
  • Pain in lymph nodes after drinking alcohol
  • Ongoing fever without any infection
  • Night sweats,chills

Causes of Lymphoma

Lymphoma occurs due to the uncontrolled buildup of white blood cells that live past their normal life cycle. Since the lymphatic tissue is connected through the body, it is possible for this type of cancer to spread from its original location to other parts of the body. In Hodgkin lymphoma, the cancer affects the lymph nodes one at a time, while in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the cells affect disparate lymph nodes, sometimes skipping some nodes. The exact cause of lymphoma is still to be found.

How Lymphoma Forms

Lymphoma basically occurs when the white blood cells or lymphocytes that are present in the body gets out of control. They either do not die when they should or divide in an abnormal way. People who are diagnosed with lymphoma see an abnormal buildup of lymphocytes in the lymph nodes such as the groin, neck and armpits. But, lymphocytes can buildup in almost any part of the body. Lymphoma can also be extra-nodal, meaning it can start in an area outside the lymphatic system such as the bones, liver or lungs. The type of lymphoma a person is diagnosed with mainly depends on the location of the lymphoma and what part of the body is affected by it.

Complications of Lymphoma

Lymphoma can be diagnosed by a blood test or biopsies. Some of the complications leading to lymphoma include:

  • Age: Lymphoma usually occurs in people who are above 60.
  • Sex: Some types of lymphoma are more common in women than men.
  • Location: The location of where a person lives can also be a risk factor.
  • Exposure to Chemicals: Those who are exposed to chemicals or nuclear radiation are more at risk of developing lymphoma.
  • Infection: Certain bacterial and viral infections can also transform lymphocytes, increasing the risk of getting lymphoma.
  • Diet and body weight: Obesity has been reported as one of the causes of developing lymphoma, along with immunodeficiency.

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