Lymphoma: Higher rates of survival on the horizon

This is a summary of an article featuring Dr Daryl Tan.

The Lymphatic Network

Lymphoma is the name of the cancer that affects the network of our lymphatic system made up of different vessels and organs in our body, from lymph nodes to the bone marrow. There are over 70 types of Lymphoma, broadly categorized into Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, affecting the B-lymphocytes that produce antibodies which help your body fight infections.

Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)

Unlike other cancer patients, DLBCL patients hardly have any contributing factors to the development of the condition – not even hereditary ones – though people with existing HIV infections are more prone to getting DLBCL. Early symptoms include lumps in the neck or groin. Sometimes, other organs like the spleen and bone marrow can be affected.

Lymphoma Treatment Options Available

While DLBCL is an aggressive cancer, the good news is that it is highly treatable in the early stages. Current therapies include chemotherapy, chemo-immunotherapy – a combination use of chemotherapy and immunotherapy – and stem cell transplant in certain groups of patients.

About Dr Daryl Tan

Dr Daryl Tan is an experienced haematologist who specialises in the treatment of blood cancers, including lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukaemia, and myeloproliferative neoplasms. He also has expertise in diagnosing and treating bleeding disorders and general haematological conditions. Seeking medical advice for your blood cancer or haematological condition? Contact Dr Daryl Tan today.

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