Dr. Rosen explains if non-Hodgkin lymphoma/NHL is an aggressive cancer.
Well, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is actually a spectrum of diseases. There may be 40 or 50 different types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and each has its unique presentation and unique manifestations and also, prognosis. Some are very aggressive, and those aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas can take an individual’s life in days or weeks.
Having said that, that’s the subset that we have the highest cure rates with, true cures where it never comes back. And then other non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas can be quite indolent, meaning slowly progressive, and those are the types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas where we may not be able to cure them, but we can control them for many years.
About Dr. Steven Rosen, M.D., F.A.C.P:
Steven Rosen, M.D., F.A.C.P., is Genevieve Teuton Professor of Medicine, at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Director of Cancer Programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Following his graduation with distinction from Northwestern University Medical School's Six-Year Honors Program in 1976, Dr. Rosen completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Rosen's laboratory research focuses on experimental therapeutics and hematologic malignancies.