Ep. 53 – Hematological Cancers part 3: Lymphoma (plus a case study!)

Today’s episode concludes my 3-part series on hematological cancers, this time with an overview of lymphomas & a case study of a previous patient of mine. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, & don’t forget to check out the previous episodes on Multiple Myeloma & Leukemia!

Lymphoma

  • Commonly divided into Hodgkin Lymphoma & Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma categories, although this distinction is becoming more blurred
    • Hodgkin Lymphoma
      • Characterized by large Reed-Sternberg cells
      • Highly curable
      • Originate in lymphatic system, primarily involves lymph nodes
      • Often treated with XRT if localized, can be treated with chemotherapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplants, monoclonal antibody treatment
    • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
      • 5x more common than Hodgkin Lymphoma
      • ~30 different types
      • Solid tumors arising from cells of lymph system
      • Fast-growing can be cured by aggressive treatment
      • Slow-growing is often not curable
      • Treated with XRT in early stages, then chemotherapy, targeted therapies, & even hematopoietic stem cell transplants for more advanced cases

P.S. Teddy makes an appearance at 4:48!

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