Wellness Oncology & Hematology
Oncologists & Hematologists located in West Hills, CA & Tarzana, CA
Lymphoma is one of the most common types of blood cancer in the United States, affecting as many as 874,730 Americans. At Wellness Oncology & Hematology, with offices in Tarzana and West Hills, California, the board-certified oncology team offers concierge-style care using innovative diagnostic technologies and treatments of lymphoma designed to meet your needs and increase your chances of remission. Whether you need on-site testing or lymphoma treatment, you can expect compassionate, comprehensive care at every appointment. Find out which lymphoma treatments are right for you by calling the office today or by requesting an appointment online now.
Lymphoma Q & A
What is lymphoma?
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphocytes, cells that make up your immune system. Lymphocytes can be found in areas like your lymph nodes, bone marrow, and spleen, and help fight off infections. When these cells begin to divide and reproduce abnormally, you develop lymphoma.
The two primary types of cancer that affect the lymphocytes are Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, depending on which lymphocytes are affected.
While the cause of lymphoma isn’t well understood, your risk for this type of cancer increases if you have a condition like rheumatoid arthritis or hepatitis C that weakens your immune system.
Hodgkin lymphoma is more common in people between 15 and 40 and older people over 55. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma typically affects more people 60 and over.
What are the symptoms of lymphoma?
Common symptoms of lymphoma that show up as the condition progresses include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, neck, and/or groin
As these symptoms can appear with many other underlying medical issues, including other types of cancer, it’s important to schedule a diagnostic consultation at Wellness Oncology & Hematology as soon as possible.
How is lymphoma diagnosed?
If you have signs of lymphoma that aren’t related to another medical condition, your Wellness Oncology & Hematology physician does a physical exam and recommends diagnostic tests like:
- Blood work
- Lymph node biopsy
- Bone marrow biopsy
Imaging tests like a CT scan or an MRI can also identify abnormal masses in your lymph nodes and other areas of your body.
How is lymphoma treated?
When identified early, lymphoma is very treatable. Your customized treatment plan focuses on the type of lymphoma you have and its stage.
The staff at Wellness Oncology & Hematology stay on top of the latest treatments and technologies for addressing lymphoma and its symptoms. Your doctor could recommend a combination of medication, chemotherapy, and radiation to destroy cancerous cells and stop the cancer from spreading.
In some cases, a bone marrow transplant is necessary to provide your body with new, healthy cells.
Your Wellness Oncology & Hematology provider discusses your options during your consultation and works closely with you to ensure that you make the best decision for your health.
Learn more about treatments available for lymphoma by calling the office nearest you today or by booking a consultation online now.
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