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Lymphoma Care at Blount Memorial

Learn about screenings, diagnostics, treatment and resources

Lymphoma is cancer that begins in cells of the immune system, which fights infections and other diseases in the body. There are two basic categories of lymphomas: Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, encompassing a large group of cancers. Hodgkin’s disease is considered one of the most curable forms of cancer, especially if it is diagnosed and treated early. It is most common among people ages 15-35 and 50-70. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can be slow-growing or fast-growing, and is much more common than Hodgkin's disease. In the United States, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is the sixth most common cancer among males and the fifth most common cancer among females. Prognosis and treatment depend on the stage and the type of cancer.

Screening Guidelines: Slow-growing lymphomas usually cause few symptoms while fast-growing lymphomas can spread quickly and cause severe symptoms. Warning signs of lymphoma include:

  • swollen, painless lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin
  • unexplained weight loss
  • fever
  • soaking night sweats
  • coughing, trouble breathing or chest pain
  • weakness and tiredness that don't go away
  • pain, swelling or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen
If you experience any of these symptoms, see your health care provider for timely diagnosis and treatment. The underlying cause could be infection or another health problem.

Blount Memorial Cancer Center Lymphoma Resources

Managing Your Cancer
Getting diagnosed with cancer can be frightening, overwhelming and confusing. Learning about your disease and treatment can help ease fears and reduce undue stress. The Managing Your Cancer class is designed for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families or caregivers. The program includes a special focus on chemotherapy administration and its side effects. Classes are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 1-4 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital, 5-east classroom. Learn more by calling 865-980-4819.

Blount Memorial Lymphoma Specialists

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