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Treatment for B cell Lymphoma - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hello
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I have diaganosed with b cell lymphoma
User :   I found out today
User :   I have a lot of questions about the issue
Doctor :   Please proceed with your queries.
User :   They found a tumor in my submandibular gland
User :   it casued blockage and the gland became very large and infected
User :   I'm 48 year old male
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Since it is lymphoma, how did it get in my gland?
Doctor :   B cell lymphoma is a type of blood cancer affection the lymphatic tissues and organs.
Doctor :   It can spread through the lymphatic supply.
User :   I won't have my scan until next week, so I don't know if there are other places. Based on where it was found, do you generally have them other places first?
Doctor :   They are usually located in the lymphatic organs such as the lymphnodes.
Doctor :   They can also be located in the bones.
User :   Is it strange that it was in the gland?
Doctor :   Cancer tissues can be located in any organ.
User :   In your opion, how likely is that that this is isolated area?
Doctor :   Only investigations will be able to point out the source and other sites which are involved.
User :   Are all B cell lymphoma's Diffuse Large (DLBCL?)
Doctor :   That can be predicted only after the histopathological diagnosis of the cancer tissue.
User :   is that done during the biopsy?
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   So the biopsy should be able to determine the source?
User :   I don't have any symptoms - weight loss, fever, night sweats etc.
Doctor :   Biopsy predicts the stage and grade of the tumour.
User :   Does that bode well that the issues was isolated?
Doctor :   Scans can help in determining the other sites affected and or its origin.
User :   again, since I have no other symptoms, does that bode well that the tumor was isloated to the gland?
Doctor :   You may have to wait till the reports of the biopsy to get an answer to this question.
User :   i see
Doctor :   If the tumor are low grade once and isolated to a single organ, then they can be managed easily.
User :   that's my hope
User :   is there any way to know other than the tests?
Doctor :   Most often these are diagnosed only incidentally.
Doctor :   Hence you may have to wait til the initial evaluation,
Doctor :   that may include the scans and the biopsy.
User :   what is the recovery rate of this type of cancer?
Doctor :   This question too can be answered better after the evaluation.
User :   Just a few more questions -
Doctor :   The prognosis, treatment options and the chance of recovery all depends on the stage and grade of the tumor.
User :   Since this developed quickly (over atwo months) does that indicate what type of b cell lymph?
Doctor :   Like I said, very often the lymphoma may occur without symptoms,
User :   i see
Doctor :   the exact duration of time the lymphoma had occurred cannot be predicted based on the submandibular swelling and infection alone.
User :   i see
Doctor :   You would be able to get answers to all these once the evaluation and the reports of the biopsy are ready.
User :   Okay, thanks for your help
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Of all the cancers, is BCell Lymph generally considered have a good prgnosis?
User :   I mean, all things considered
User :   that's my last questions
Doctor :   Diffuse B cell lymphoma are the commonest variety of lymphoma.
Doctor :   Its prognosis when compared to the other b cell lymphoma are good.
User :   how do I know if it is b cell or diffues b cell?
Doctor :   However, you the treatment option can be decided after the evaluation.
Doctor :   I am sorry, I had mistaken your earlier messages.
Doctor :   Are all B cell lymphoma's Diffuse Large (DLBCL?)
Doctor :   I had misread this.
Doctor :   This variety has good prognosis.
Doctor :   Since your variety is still not known, I can only tell you to wait till those reports of the biopsy comes.
User :   thanks so much and take care
User :   One last last thing...
Doctor :   Proceed with your query.
User :   The doctor has my biposy, all he told me is that I have b cell lymphoma
User :   what other questions should I ask him about the report?
Doctor :   You would have to know the type.
Doctor :   B cell lymphoma are classified into different varieties depending on the histopathological features.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   are the two regular b cell lymph and the other DLBCL?
Doctor :   They are broadly classified as hodgkin's and non hodgkin's lymphoma.
Doctor :   These are inturn classified again.
Doctor :   classified based on the histopathological features.
Doctor :   Biopsy and histopathological features can also be able to determine the stage and grade of the tumor.
Doctor :   This is equally important in determining the further course of treatment.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   my absolute last question
Doctor :   Proceed with it.
User :   Is DLBCL treatable or can you be cured?
Doctor :   * Apart from the two broad varieties there are another class of lymphoma which are rare.
Doctor :   If they are in the early stages, then yes, they can be cured by drugs with or without radiation.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   yep thanks
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   no thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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