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Lymphoma And Leukemia

Choice Cancer Care -  - Board Certified Medical Oncologist

Choice Cancer Care

BOARD CERTIFIED MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS, RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS, & HEMATOLOGISTS LOCATED IN IRVING, TX; LEWISVILLE, TX; PLANO, TX; & SOUTHLAKE, TX

Lymphoma and leukemia are both cancers that affect your white blood cells, causing immune system problems as well as typical symptoms of cancer. If you have a condition like this, the board-certified oncologists at Choice Cancer Care can help. At their locations in Plano, Lewisville, Irving, and Southlake, Texas, the team can identify the type of cancer you have and help you recover using the latest lymphoma and leukemia treatments. To get more information about these types of cancer, call the Choice Cancer Care location closest to you or schedule a consultation online today.

Lymphoma and Leukemia Q & A

What are lymphoma and leukemia?

Lymphoma and leukemia are types of cancer:

Lymphoma

Lymphoma affects your lymphatic system, a complex network of organs and tissues that includes the lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels, along with your spleen, thymus gland, and bone marrow. Your lymphatic system carries white blood cells around your body to fight infection, forming a vital part of your immune system.

Leukemia

Leukemia affects the tissues that create blood, such as your bone marrow and lymphatic system. Leukemia makes the bone marrow produce abnormal white blood cells that don't function properly.

A similar type of cancer is multiple myeloma. This condition affects plasma cells – a type of white blood cell that makes antibodies. If you have multiple myeloma, these plasma cells multiply abnormally and let too much immunoglobulin (a protein) into your blood and bones.

What are the types of lymphoma and leukemia?

There are two primary types of lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma tends to affect the lymph nodes in your neck or between your lungs, although it can develop in lymph nodes in your groin or abdomen or under your arms.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma affects particular immune-system T cells, B cells, and NK cells. As these cells are present throughout your lymphatic system, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma could originate anywhere and metastasize to almost any organ.

The main forms of leukemia are:

  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)

Rarer types of leukemia include hairy cell leukemia, myeloproliferative disorders, and myelodysplastic syndromes.

What symptoms do lymphoma and leukemia cause?

The various forms of lymphoma and leukemia can result in different sets of symptoms. You might not experience any problems at all to begin with, but over time, you might start to notice issues like:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Unexplained, persistent fever
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Chills and sweating
  • Persistent fatigue or weakness
  • Frequent or severe infections
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Recurrent nosebleeds
  • Tiny red spots in your skin (petechiae)
  • Bone pain or tenderness

The Choice Cancer Care team can diagnose your type of lymphoma, leukemia, or multiple myeloma at their state-of-the-art facilities and create an appropriate, personalized treatment plan.

How are lymphoma and leukemia treated?

Treatment options for lymphoma and leukemia include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Stem cell or bone marrow transplant

As with most cancers, the sooner you start receiving treatment, the more likely the outcomes are positive.

To optimize your chances of successfully recovering from lymphoma, leukemia, or multiple myeloma, call Choice Cancer Care or book an appointment online today.