I have been diagnosed with giant follicular lymphoma, intra-abdominal lymph nodes what can I expect as to treatment and success
Treatment for follicular lymphoma depends on the person's symptoms, tumor grade, age, and general health. Tumors are usually slow growing so less responsive to typical cancer treatments. A "wait and see" treatment approach is usually taken.
If your lymphoma is aggressive or causes signs and symptoms, your doctor may recommend treatment. Options may include:
Chemotherapy - a combination of anti-cancer drugs.
Biological drugs - these drugs help your body's immune system fight cancer. Rituximab (Rituxan) is typically used.
Radioimmunotherapy- medications that deliver radiation directly to cancer cells.
Bone marrow transplant may be considered as a last resort if the lymphoma returns after treatment.
For patients with advanced forms of follicular lymphoma the average survival is more than 10 years. Despite its slow-growing nature, most cases of follicular lymphoma are not curable with currently available therapies.
Ask your doctor where you can go for more information. Good places to start include the National Cancer Institute and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All the best.
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