Lymphoma is a life-threatening disease, but is very treatable in most cases. According to SEER (a research branch of the National Cancer Institute) statistics for 1999-2005, in the U.S., nearly 70% of patients diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and 85% of Hodgkin lymphoma patients survived the disease.
This number is an average and varies widely depending on variables including the age of a patient, the stage of the disease (i.e., how far it has advanced), the patient's overall health and socioeconomic status. Generally speaking, however, lymphoma treatment and survival rates are improving.
As with any cancer, early detection of lymphoma is the single most important factor in a successful outcome.
After the diagnosis
Following diagnosis, there are multiple treatment options and significant consultations and even experimentation might be required to find the best treatment for a given patient.
A positive mental outlook is also important as depression can interfere with a lymphoma patient's ability to respond to and recover from treatment. Depression will decrease an individual's motivation to follow through with therapy, medication, and other patient-dependent aspects of recovery.
LymphomaInfo.net offers many pages that lead the way to a better understanding of lymphoma detection, symptoms and treatment. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with lymphoma or have completed treatment, we connect you with other patients and survivors of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Whether you need general information or are looking for specific products such as medical ID bracelets, a community to provide information and support should be seen as an essential component of any recovery effort.