Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Essay

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Instructor D Coffey Info 1001: Information Systems and Literacy Fall Quarter 2011 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Everyone’s heard of breast cancer, of leukemia, and of prostate cancer, but rarely do you ever hear about a cancer called Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the immune system’s main defense, the lymphatic system. Although we hear more about the others, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is slowly on the rise, rising 75% in 20 years. Everyone has had one of those mornings they feel a little run down and their lymph nodes are swollen on the side of their neck, using its army of red and white blood cells to help fight off the virus and get them back to feeling normal. That’s your Lymphatic system doing its job. What happens when it all of a sudden stops working? Throughout this read you will come to learn all about what non-Hodgkin’s definition, its possible causes, treatments, and after effects. Figure 1 Lymphatic System http://assets.treesd.com/images/healthtree/articles/ht_non-hodgkins-lymphoma_diagnosis_1115.gif Figure 1 Lymphatic System http://assets.treesd.com/images/healthtree/articles/ht_non-hodgkins-lymphoma_diagnosis_1115.gif NHL (Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) is a bundle of different cancers fighting against your immune system’s lymphatic system. You will find little lymphatic routs in your neck; armpits, abdomen, and groin, where you will find them swell in the event of being sick (Patlak 20). (Fig. 1) The lymphatic system not only has to do with lymph nodes, it also has to do with mucous membranes in your respiratory, digestive track, and skin. Lymphocytes also flow through the blood making the cancer also a blood type. NHL can be classed in three different categories. Low is when the lymphomas are slowly growing tumors and carrier can go sometimes 10 years without treatment, however when treated the cancer usually will reoccur within five years

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