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What is Mantle Cell Lymphoma? I was just diagnosed

By Anonymous June 13, 2013 - 10:56am
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Dear Anon

Thanks for your post - any kind of troubling health diagnosis brings a lot of fear to someone.

Mantle Cell Lymphoma is a kind of cancer and is quite rare and is a non-Hodgkins lymphoma. It's found in the lymph nodes and is also seen in the blood, blood marrow or spleen. People often get diagnosed because they have swollen lymph nodes along with fevers and fatigue.

Because it's less common than many other cancers, it hasn't been researched as well and is still being investigated as to it's origins, treatments etc.

Mantle Cell Lymphoma is seen in women and men but is actually a lot more common in men and in people over 50. It can be aggressive and is usually treated with a series of cancer treatments like drugs, chemotherapy and/or radiation.

The kind of treatment you receive will depend on how aggressive your cancer is and what stage you are in. Do you know what stage you are in?

Some good news is that some forms of this cancer are called "indolent" meaning they are non-aggressive and don't always need immediate treatment. Instead, a person will be carefully monitored for any cell changes.

What have your doctors told you about your particular case? Do you have support from family and/or friends?

We hope to hear back from you!


June 13, 2013 - 1:17pm
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