I know it's to do with the blood and the immune system.
It looks like this is the 3rd time for me.
What happens if I do not have any treatment? Has anyone reading this ever chosen not to have any treatment, and what happened?
Strange that I never get sick when other around me are sick with flu's and colds. I have read of other people who have been very well until they have Hodgkins lymphoma. How come we are so well and then we have this?
What is this?
I am 57 years had Hodgkins Lymphoma for 7 years
Initially 6 months chemo later relapsed had a stem cell transplant 3 years ago. My own stem cells.
This morning felt a lump in my left groin just can't stop crying. I haven't told my husbdon't know what to do. As soon as I verbalise it everything changes with regard to health and specialist appointments.
Does anyone know how this lymphoma progresses.
I have also wondered why previously very fit and healthy people get Hodgkins. It may be a change in the genetics.
Lymphoma is a blood cancer and it ends up being carried by the lymph (greek/latin for fluid I think). It collects in the nodes which is the home of the lymph and first point of trying to eradicate the unusual things that the lymph has found in your body. There are 2 main places that process the unusual germs that your lymph has caught, they are the thalmus (big node like thing in your chest) and the spleen (organ located just by the ribs).
Not wanting to begin any conspiracy theories - but I have often thought of causes for this lymphoma being aided by the government. Any research on the history of ASPARTAME would give you ideas.
I was also previously well. Never catch colds and flu, never catch illnesses,even when I was a baby. It may be that our immune systems have always been very good, and the minute that something happens to it, it has no memory of having to deal with trauma or how it coped?
I really have no idea. I am just guessing. What I do know is, cancer runs in my family a lot. They are all different cancers but on my Mum's side, all the women so far have been affected. My mum had cancer 3 times before she died (starting with breast cancer aged 35, and dying aged 43). My mum's mum (maternal grandmother) also died aged 48 from cancer that had mets to the abdomen, but they never knew where it had begun. My mum has 3 sisters. One has had ovarian (aged 29) and is fine. One has had cancer of the vulva with mets to the nodes twice (starting aged 37), but is cool now. The only aunt that has been fine so far is a heroin addict, takes all sorts of drugs, doesn't eat properly, sleeps odd hours, and is stick thin and malnourished. She is the only one who has not had cancer! She is 50.
Guess there's a flaw in my genetic make up? I'm not sure. I just have to wait and see what I have for the future.
First and foremost all cancers are genetic disorders. You have a gene which makes you susceptable to HL. Unfortunately being a healthy person will not protect you from cancer prone genes. The genetic fault can be something you are born with but with most types of lymphoma it is a mutation which happens during life. Lots of things can cause the mutation like toxins, virus diseases, bacterial diseases, ionizing radiation or age amongst others. Once the mutation occurs, very quickly your lymphocytes are replaced by faulty cancerous ones and Lymphoma develops. All cells of your body are replaced on a continual basis, so that the oldest cells in your body are only about 10 years old( bone cells) The lifetime of a Lymphocyte is measured in months to years and red blood cells have a lifetime of about 100 days. Platelets last only about 9 days. The upshot of all of this is your body is constantly being replaced and in about 10 years all of your cells have been renewed. The blueprint for the production of new cells is DNA, if that DNA is damaged or changed then cancer can develop.
If you are interested in the pathology of Hodgkin's this diagram shows how it happens:
There is nothing you can really do to avoid lymphomas so there is no blame to be attached to you for getting it. It happens to people in all walks of life from the most healthy to the most unfit, from couch potatoes to marathon runners, from Rich to Poor, from Young to Old. The only sure fire way to avoid getting cancer is not to be born in the first place......and that would be no fun at all
Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma
Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
Officially in remission 9th July 2008
Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
Remission reconfirmed 17th June 2009
Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
Remission reconfirmed 6th July 2011
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