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Lymphoma Cancer Program

The Lymphoma Cancer Program at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai strives to offer world-class care in an intimate personal and convenient setting, where medical excellence and compassion go hand-in-hand.

We aim at providing extraordinary care and a wide range of quality medical services for patients diagnosed with every variety of lymphatic system cancer. Our team of highly skilled and nationally recognised lymphoma specialists provides time and effort to restore your health and improving the quality of your life.

Highlights of our program include:

  • We provide compassionate, high-quality healthcare using cutting-edge medical therapies and targeted treatments, for treating Lymphoma.
  • We follow a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to treat all types of cancer and offer personalised care to achieve the highest level of patient satisfaction.
  • Our team of professionals consists of lymphoma experts in haematology & medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology and radiology that offer integrated empathetic care for patients.

What Is Lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a general term for cancer that starts in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Lymph system consists of tissues and organs that produce, store, and carry white blood cells (helps filter out bacteria and fight disease). Broadly, two types of lymphoma can develop in the lymphatic system:

Hodgkin Lymphoma: occurs in about 20% of patients. More in children and young adults

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: occurs in about 80% of patients consist of various types of lymphoma more common in older individuals.

Lymphoma can occur in people of all age groups. However, becomes more common with age.

What Are The Indications For Lymphoma?

Different people have different signs and symptoms of Lymphoma, which may differ as per the site of origin. Some of the very common ones include:

  • Painless swelling in one or more lymph nodes (often in the upper chest, armpit, neck, or groin)
  • Unexplained or persistent fever
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itchy skin
  • Persistent cough or chest pain
  • Lymph node pain after drinking alcohol
  • Rashes or lumps on the skin
  • Drenching sweats, particularly at night
  • Tenderness or abdominal bloating due to an enlarged spleen
  • Shortness of breath with normal activity

How Is Lymphoma Diagnosed?

At Nanavati hospital, we offer you the most advanced diagnosis and treatment techniques for treating Lymphoma, irrespective of its complexity. Our doctors conduct many tests to diagnose cancer and learn if the cancer has spread to another part of the body. Lymphoma is often diagnosed using the following tests:

  • LN Biopsy & Immuno-histochemistry
  • Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography (PET/CT) scan
  • Bone marrow biopsy
  • Blood investigations
  • Molecular tissue testing
  • Tests for other organ functions before starting treatment
     

What Are Treatments options available For Lymphoma?

Getting the right treatment for your cancer condition is one of the most important steps that our experienced oncologists consider in ensuring that you receive the most appropriate care. We prove personalised medical and surgical treatment to our patients according to their diagnosis results.

  • Chemotherapy: This is the primary modality for achieving long term remission and possibly cure. The treatment involves the use of drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by stopping them from dividing or killing the cells. Chemotherapy may be given orally or by injection, depending on the type, size and stage of the cancer being treated.
  • Targeted Therapy: Targeted therapy works by targeting cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival. These genes and proteins are found in cancer cells or cells related to cancer growth, like blood vessel cells. Targeted therapy is used by itself or along with chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
  • Immunotherapy: Cancer immunotherapy is the artificial stimulation of the immune system to treat cancer, improving the immune system's natural ability to fight cancer. It is an application of the fundamental research of cancer immunology and growing subspecialties of oncology. It can be used as a bridge to transplant and maintaining remission after transplant in relapsed/refractory lymphomas.
  • Radiation Therapy: Considered as one of the very important tools in the fight against cancer. Radiation therapy can be given for localising small disease and post-chemotherapy for local control of distance metastasis. Many time Radiation therapy is given in locally advanced cancers where surgical intervention or chemotherapy is not possible. Radiation therapy is a painless procedure where radioactive isotopes or high-energy photons, electrons or other particles are used to destroy the cancer cells. Radiation Oncologist is the specialized doctor for this treatment. Radiotherapy regimens or schedules or protocols are specific to different cases. Hence the time differs from case to case.
  • Surgical Process: The surgical process aims at
    • Doing biopsies by excision by lymph nodes and involved tissue.
    • Surgical removal of the spleen in case of splenic lymphoma, removal of tumour causing compressive/obstructive symptoms or perforation
  • Stem-Cell Transplantation: Patients undergo high dose chemotherapy followed by Autologous stem cell or sometimes Allogeneic transplant in cases of relapsed or refractory lymphoma.

During the treatment, the patient is examined carefully and given combination therapies, according to his/her medical condition. Our services do not end with your treatment we also offer comprehensive support services to help reduce your stress and increase your comfort.

What Are The Precautions One Must Take To Avoid Lymphoma?

Lymphoma can develop in anyone. However, a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet go a long way in reducing the occurrence of malignancies in general

Are There Any Risk Factors Involved?

Some of the major factors that can contribute to Lymphoma include:

Risk Factors You Can’t Control:

  • Age: Lymphoma can be diagnosed in people of all age groups. However, the majority of people who develop Lymphoma are above 60 years of age. In many cases where children have developed Lymphoma is because of the pre-existence of immune system deficiency.
  • Family History: Traces of certainly inherited lymphoma can increase the chances of developing it into an individual. Although it is very rare, do exist.

Risk Factors You Can Control:

  • Obesity: Research has consistently shown that lymphoma is relatively more common in overweight patients.
  • Infections: Illnesses due to infections such as HIV/AIDS, Epstein-Barr virus, Hepatitis C and Helicobacter pylori, can increase the risk of developing lymphoma.
  • Radiation Exposure: People who are exposed to high levels of radiation or had a previous history of radiation therapy, are at a high risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • Weak Immune System: People with weak immune system are susceptible to lymphoma other infections.

Find Complete Relief from Nanavati Experts

If you think you are facing similar conditions, or have suffered from them in the past, please contact the Nanavati team to schedule an appointment at : +91 22 2626 7500

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