Dr. Rosen describes the causes and symptoms associated with follicular lymphoma.
Follicular lymphoma is often asymptomatic, that the patient will appreciate enlarged lymph nodes. Sometimes as the disease progresses there may be fatigue, there may be loss of appetite. We refer to that as anorexia. There may be associated weight loss; on some occasions the spleen may enlarge, and so, individual may feel some abdominal distention.
We do not know what causes follicular lymphoma, though we know a great deal about the molecular alterations that exist within the cell.
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.