Dr. Rosen discusses the cause of B-cell lymphomas and the associated symptoms.
We don’t know the cause of the majority of the B-cell lymphomas. A subset, referred to as MALT lymphomas, or mucosa-associated lymphoid tumors, appear to be in part associated with chronic inflammation, often due to low-grade infections. One example would be helicobacter infections of the stomach, which cause inflammation and can lead to low-grade lymphomas in the stomach.
You may feel a lymph node, enlarged lymph node that persists. The majority of the instances where you feel a lymph node, it’s related to an infection, but if it persists, it has to be evaluated. You may have fever, chills or sweats. That’s usually a late manifestation. The same is true of weight loss or extreme fatigue.
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.