What Is Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer of the lymphatic system. There are more than 60 different types of NHL, some of which spread slowly and need little treatment, and others which grow very quickly and need urgent treatment.
NHL is a disease of the body’s cells. In normal circumstances, cells are renewed or replaced as they age or become damaged. The cell divides and makes a copy of itself. If during this process, cell division gets out of control due to the invasion of cancer-causing viruses, then too many cells are created, and cancer can develop. In the case of NHL, blood cells named lymphocytes (white blood cells) become abnormal, their numbers increase, and a tumor is formed.
Generally, NHL forms in the lymph nodes, but it can start anywhere in the body, including the tonsils, the stomach, bowel, thyroid, or in the skin. Lymphocytes travel around the body, and so NHL spreads quickly, reaching other lymph nodes or spreading into the bone marrow, liver or lungs, where they can carry on dividing and forming a new tumor.
Some 80% of all lymphomas diagnosed annually are NHL. They can occur in people of any age, although they are more likely to occur in people over 65, with slightly more men than women affected.
Types Of Lymphomas
Lymphomas are often described as B-cell lymphomas or T-cell lymphomas. Approximately 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with NHL have B-cell Lymphoma, whereas T-cell lymphomas are much less common.
Indolent lymphomas (also called low-grade) grow very slowly and may need little or no treatment for months or possibly years. Aggressive lymphomas (also called high-grade) grow quickly and need immediate treatment. Mantle cell Lymphoma is somewhere between indolent and aggressive Lymphoma and is often treated as aggressive Lymphoma.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
The most common symptom of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a painless swelling in a lymph node located usually in the neck, armpit or groin caused by an excess of affected lymphocytes collecting in the area. However, it’s important to note that quite often these nodes swell as a response to infection, and they may not indicate NHL.
Other more general symptoms of NHL can include the following:
- Persistent tiredness or fatigue
- Night Sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- High temperature (fever)
- Persistent itching of the skin all over the body
- Difficulty recovering from infections or developing infections more often
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Swollen abdomen (belly)
- Feeling full after only a small amount of food
- Chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath or a cough
- Low red blood cell count (anemia)
- Easy bruising or bleeding (from low blood platelet count)
Many of these symptoms can be caused by things other than cancer. Check with your doctor if you are concerned.
Causes And Risk Factors
While we know that NHL is caused by a change in the DNA of white blood cells, the exact cause is not known. DNA instructs the cells to grow and reproduce, and it appears that it is a mutation in the DNA that changes these instructions, and the cells keep growing and multiplying uncontrollably.
Those most at risk
- Those with an immune deficiency from medical conditions such as HIV or those that take medication to suppress the immune system such as those who have had an organ transplant.
- Those with an autoimmune disease such as lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome
- Those who have been exposed to the Epstein-Barr virus or the Human T-cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV)
- Those who have received chemotherapy or radiotherapy for an earlier cancer
- Those with Coeliac disease
- Exposure to certain chemicals, such as those used to kill insects and weeds, may increase your risk of developing NHL
Successfully Treating Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
At the Budwig Center, we have helped countless people with all types of cancer, including Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, to recover their health. Our high success rate is due to our holistic approach to treating the root cause of each patient’s illness, just like Dr. Budwig did. The Budwig Center addresses and corrects the four leading causes of cancer:
- Toxins – chemical and emotional toxicity
- Pathogens – viruses, parasites, fungus, etc.
- Compromised Immune System
- Nutritional Deficiencies
We use the proven original protocol of Dr. Johanna Budwig that she implemented back in the 1970s. The success of the Budwig Protocol speaks for itself. To read about some success stories of people who have recovered their health from kidney cancer and various other types of cancer head to our testimonials page.