Life Is Too Short Essay

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Unit 3 Assignment 1: Disorders and Diseases Affecting the Lymphatic System Malorie Thompson Anatomy and Physiology II 10/06/2014 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, formerly known as Hodgkin’s disease, is a cancer of the lymphatic system which is a part of the immune system (Mayo Clinic, 2014). Hodgkin lymphoma generally presents with early clinical stages and indolent clinical behavior (Hartmann et al, 2014). In Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spreads beyond the lymphatic system (Mayo Clinic, 2014). As Hodgkin’s lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body’s ability to fight infection (Mayo Clinic, 2014). Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of two common types of cancers of the lymphatic system (Mayo Clinic, 2014). The other type, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is far more common (Mayo Clinic, 2014). Hodgkin’s lymphoma signs and symptoms may include persistent fatigue, fever and chills, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, and itching (Mayo Clinic, 2014). Painless swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin and increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol or pain in you lymph nodes after drinking alcohol (Mayo Clinic, 2014). It’s not clear what causes Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Mayo Clinic, 2014). Doctors know that most Hodgkin’s lymphoma occurs when an infection-fighting cell called a B cell develops a mutation in its DNA (Mayo Clinic, 2014). The mutation tells the cells to divide rapidly and to continue living when a healthy cell would die (Mayo Clinic, 2014). The mutation causes a large number of oversized, abnormal B cells to accumulate in the lymphatic system, where they crowd out healthy cells and cause the signs and symptoms of Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Mayo Clinic, 2014). Various types of Hodgkin’s lymphoma exists (Mayo Clinic, 2014). The type is based on the types of cells involved in the disease and their behavior

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