Lymphoma is a type of cancer involving cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Just as cancer represents many different diseases, lymphoma represents many different cancers of lymphocytes ‑‑ about 35 different subtypes.
The Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is part of the immune system. It consists of a network of vessels that carry a fluid called lymph, similar to the way that the network of blood vessels carry blood throughout the body. Lymph contains white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes attack a variety of infectious agents as well as many cells in the precancerous stages of development.
Lymph nodes are small collections of lymph tissue that occur throughout the body. The lymphatic system involves lymphatic channels that connect thousands of lymph nodes scattered throughout the body. Lymph flows through the lymph nodes, as well as through other lymphatic tissues including the spleen, the tonsils, the bone marrow, and the thymus gland.
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Painless lumps in your neck, armpits or groin
- Weight loss
- Excessive sweating at night
- Itchiness all over your body
- A feeling of weakness
- Breathlessness along with swelling of the face and neck
- Antibody therapy (also called biological therapy) ‑ Using drugs like Rituximab that target special molecules on the surface of cancer cells.
What Causes Lymphoma?
- Exposure to chemicals such as certain solvents, pesticides, herbicides, and water contaminated with nitrate.
- Taking drugs that suppress the immune system.
- Having an autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Having stomach ulcers or gastritis caused by a kind of bacteria called H. pyelori.
- Having a weakened immune system. For example, people with AIDS are 50 to100 times more likely to develop lymphoma than people who are not infected with the AIDS virus.
Benefits of Home Care for Those Fighting Lymphoma Cancer
There is nothing like the comfort and security of home when you are ill or recovering from an illness. Research shows that even for those living with chronic illness or disability, healing at home is often the best option for physical and mental well being. By bringing heath services home, the patient does not generate board and room expenses. Food expenses are also less. Technology now has developed to the point where many services, once only available in a hospital, can be offered at home. Home care is givin by special people. Employees of home care agencies look at their work, not as a job or profession, but as a calling. Home care workers are highly trained and dedicated to their work. Home care helps not only add years to life, but “life to years.”