The lymphatic system is a network similar to the circulatory system (veins and capillaries). Lymph is the clear fluid that is made up of infection-fighting white blood cells and is found surrounding the body’s tissues, especially in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, and bone marrow. Lymph transports bacteria, toxins, and waste to lymph nodes to be destroyed. Lymphoma occurs when lymph cells change and grow out of control. There are two major types of lymphoma: Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
The most common sign of lymphoma is swollen lymph nodes (glands), usually in the neck, armpit, or groin. Other signs and symptoms of lymphoma include cough, shortness of breath, fever, night sweats, stomach pain, fatigue, weight loss, and itching.
Diagnosis of lymphoma will occur through a biopsy of an enlarged lymph node or blood test. Alternate imaging studies will follow to show the extent of disease.
If you are diagnosed with a lymphoma, radiation therapy can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy. Eastside Radiation offers the following treatment options for lymphomas: