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What is the lifestyle like of someone with non Hodgkins lymphoma?

Asked by Aster (15834 points ) January 4th, 2014

If an older person has a malignant neck lump removed and is diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma what is their life like? Is their life totally different after this diagnosis than beforehand and what are the side effects of having the lump removed? I would think they’d have depression and hours of chemo and radiation but I was wondering if there are any other changes to their day?

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CWOTUS's avatar

There is life after non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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Chemo and radiation cause fatigue, changes in appetite and issues with the mucus membranes, but not necessarily depression. There are many different subversions of Non-Hodgin’s Lymphoma. My brothers’ was “below the diaphragm, rapid-growing, B cell.”

Every patient has his own individual protocol and his own idiocyncratic responses, often predicated on age and health before the diagnosis. Certainly it is not going to be a day at the beach.

There is also the issue of whether the surgery got all the cancer or whether it had spread to another or several lymph nodes.

Chemo is time-consuming; radiation is very brief; often just several minutes. There are other forms of treatment available now, also.

Talk to the person or his family for accurate information.

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