Lymphoma is a category of cancer that includes over 70 different specific types, but they all share the distinction of affecting your lymphatic system. At the Houston Cancer Institute, PA, with three locations in Houston, Texas, and one in Katy, Texas, the specialist team diagnoses, stages, and treats lymphoma with individualized care. To set up an assessment and treatment consultation, call Houston Cancer Institute, PA, or request an appointment online today.
Lymphoma is a type of cancer affecting your lymphatic system, which includes lymph nodes, vessels, and lymph fluid that travels through them. Your lymph nodes help with filtering out bacteria and other pathogens that don’t belong in your body.
Lymphocytes, a type of cell in the lymph fluid, are also a type of white blood cell. They travel through the lymphatic system and your bloodstream. Since lymphocytes do a lot of traveling in your body, lymphoma can affect many major organs and areas, including your:
If you get symptoms from lymphoma, they might seem like cold or flu symptoms at first. They include fever, lymph node swelling, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms are highly common, so it’s unlikely that lymphoma is the cause. Still, reporting them to your physician can result in an early lymphoma diagnosis in a treatable stage.
Lymphoma has two main types, and the specialists at Houston Cancer Institute, PA, can work with you to treat or manage either kind:
Hodgkin’s lymphoma includes a specific type of abnormal lymphocyte called a Reed-Sternberg cell. The risk factors for this type of lymphoma include family history, a prior infection of mononucleosis, and a faulty immune system.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is your diagnosis if the team at Houston Cancer Institute, PA, does not detect any Reed-Sternberg cells in your given samples. The risk factors for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include autoimmune diseases, older age, and chemical or radiation exposure.
The team at the Houston Cancer Institute, PA, works alongside other experts as well as your primary care physician to come up with the most effective treatment plan for lymphoma. There are many ways to manage the disease, but ultimately your plan depends on the stage and type of lymphoma you have.
Some treatment options the team may suggest include:
The team answers all of your questions and assesses your progress regularly as you undergo treatment. They can change your plan at any time in an effort to find a more effective approach.
To determine the best treatment for your cancer, the team at the Houston Cancer Institute, PA, stages your cancer using state-of-the-art Cat Scan or PET/CT imaging.
The scans show how large the tumor is, how deeply it extends , and whether it's spread to other areas. This will help our team at the Houston Cancer Institute, PA identify what stage of cancer you have and tailor your treatment plan to that stage for optimal outcomes and recovery.
Don’t let lymphoma of either type go undiagnosed and untreated. To book an appointment at the Houston Cancer Institute, PA, call the nearest office or schedule online today.