Can you die from Hodgkins Lymphoma?
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June 17, 2019 / By Darcy Question:
In August of 2011, my cousin who is 32 years old was diagnosed with stage 3 hodgkins lymphoma. She had surgery and had taken chemotherapy and radiation treatment. She says that was told by her doctor a few months ago that there are still cancer cells in her body. There is a tumor on her chest and she says that it has gotten bigger. I told her to make an appointment to see her doctor, but she refuses to. Is there a possibility that she can die from this disease if she doesn't get more treatment or surgery to remove the tumor?
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Azareel | 10 days ago
There are a lot of things in life that can kill you, including Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Far more people survive Hodgkin's Lymphoma than die from it, though. It's one of the most treatable types of cancer with a 92.8% survival rate for patients who were younger than 45 years old at diagnosis *with proper treatment.* Unfortunately, when you have a recurrence the prognosis does become less optimistic, but the survival rate can still be fair, depending on the specifics of the patient. One of my friends relapsed three times and is now healthy and fully living life, and others have had similar experiences. Since your cousin had no evidence of disease for over a year, her long-term survival rate would be better. Every day she chooses inaction she worsens her chances. Yes, the tumor will probably continue to grow without treatment; cancer is caused by the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells. Yes, tragically she most likely will die if she doesn't get the medical treatment she needs. It's very possible that her death at this young age is preventable.
Your cousin needs to go through the testing to determine her diagnosis and potential treatment plan. Usually the treatment for recurrent Hodgkin's Lymphoma is more physically and psychologically difficult than for primary Hodgkin's, but that's not always the case. You can't fight the beast until you know its nature, so she needs to go back to her oncologist. If she were 82 I would support the decision to chose palliative care and let nature take its course, but at 32 she shouldn't surrender. At the very least, she needs to know what's going on in her own body. She can't know just based on how she feels. This is her choice, but I hope her loved ones encourage her to take necessary action.
I'm saddened by the answer above about her husband having HL, and the subsequent health problems his treatment caused. He had Hodgkin's before I was even born, though, and treatment for Hodgkin's has changed since 1991. A new drug called Adcetris was recently approved, and it's promising.
Dr. Owen O'Connor in NYC is renowned for treating recurrent Hodgkin's Lymphoma. If your cousin happens to be within a reasonable distance she should try to see him. http://nyp.org/physician/ooconnor/
Best wishes to you both.
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Originally Answered: My dog has lymphoma (cancer) and stomach. Without treatments he will die.?
I am so sorry this is happening to you.
Here is what I'd do. he looks ok, eats ok and still is playing. So for now, i'd leave him be. I'd get in all the quality time i could with him and play with him as often as possible. I'd make the time special and prepare myself mentally for worse days ahead.
Cancer treatments often don't work, especially if it is foud later. It's a horrible truth. He will die without treatments, but no one knows when or how long he'll survive.
As long as he's ok for now, i'd leave things be and like i said, love on him as much as possible. Know all those things you didn't give your dog to keep him healthy? Well, now's the time to shower him with goodie treats! Give him a little steak after he's eaten his dog food. Make him some chicken, give him some ice cream (NOT CHOCOLATE, and not in large dosages). Give him lots of yummies to help him eat extra and to fortify his failing system.
When the time comes where you can see he is struggling and in pain, than i'd evaluate how long i would allow him to suffer. It's a shame we can do more for our suffering pets than we can for our human loved ones. Anyway, I'd probably put him down when it got to be too much, out of respect and care for the animal.
There are times when cancer takes them quickly as well, and you might never come to that cross roads.
Realize you are allowed to grieve. Don't buy a new pet right away. When a person is in the grief stage the new animal feels it and feels they have to step up and take charge of all those who feel grief. Many of those pets end up in shelters for horrible behavior that they would normally never have. Grief is healthy and a natural part of our life. When you finally feel strong and capable again, than you can consider getting a new dog, but even give it another 6 months past there to make sure you have a healthy and once again, happy home to bring another animal in to it. Other animals deserve it as well as it making you happier in the long run.
Your choices might end up difficult, but in the end, you have to do what is right for the animal. Any less would be cruel.
Hang in there. Enjoy the good days with him. Let yourself cry as often as you need. Don't let anyone tell you there is a time limit for grief and don't allow people to tell you that you can't grieve for a pet! Many like to believe that animals do have a spirit form and will be waiting for you on the othe side. It's not a stretch to believe it either, not when you look into their wonderful eyes... and see the beauty from within.
When and if the decision has to come down to helping your dog from major pain. Realize, you get to sit with the animal while it happens. They go to sleep and their breathing slows until it stops. There's no struggle. Make sure if he goes, that all family gets to say goodbye, so it makes it real. A child has a much harder time if they don't understand death. Hiding it from them only protects the parents and not the child. They will want to know what happened to their beloved pet as much as you would want to know.
Again, i am sorry for this happening within your life.
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In August of 2011, my cousin who is 32 years old was diagnosed with stage 3 hodgkins lymphoma. She had surgery and had taken chemotherapy and radiation treatment. She says that was told by her doctor a few months ago that there are still cancer cells in her body. There is a tumor on her chest and...
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Yes, Hodgkins lymphoma can certainly kill you. I know this isn't what you're hoping to hear, and it breaks my heart to tell you so :(
It's possible that she has decided that she has had enough of treatments and doesn't want to continue the fight. She could also be hoping that the "wait and see" method will help and it will go away, but with a tumor of increasing size then it isn't going to. If she is treated it is still possible to die of the Hodgkins, but she will go down fighting, though not everyone is able to do that. She is young, so with successful treatment she could still live a long life, if she does decide to fight.
My husband had Hodgkins in 1991, and survived, he had 19 chemo & 24 radiation treatments, but it was a terrible fight and treatment has lead to a secondary cancer (lung) from the radiation, as well as other serious issues
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I have been treated 5 times for Hodgkins from 2003 to 2014. There are many new treatments today. I am 56 years old in 2015. My oncologist in Omaha says that there are always treatment options for Hodgkins.
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Yes, it's certainly possible that she could die of the disease if she doesn't get treatment. Hodgkins lymphoma is one of the most curable forms of cancer, with a very high survival rate, but if it is ignored it can still be fatal. At her young age, it's worth continuing treatment to try to get rid of the disease permanently. If she were very old or had a less curable form of cancer, things might be different.
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Originally Answered: In follicular lymphoma do they egver remove lymph nodes?
As a general rule, the only reason lymph nodes are removed in lymphoma patients is for biopsy. Lymphoma is considered a blood cancer, which means it is presumed to be circulating throughout the body, so removing lymph nodes won't really treat lymphoma.
To learn more about your treatment options ... first, I would recommend checking out the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ... it offers free patient help on things like treatment options, where to find doctors, trials, etc. They have people available 10 AM to 5 PM eastern time. Go here: http://www.lls.org/hm_lls
and click on live patient help up at the top of the page. LLS is also a good place to do research.
For general information these are good links to get you started:
This is also an excellent PDF from the American Cancer Society on Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (it is a big file will take a few seconds to download even on a fast connection):
That document outlines treatment options for different kinds of N-HL including follicular lymphoma. Use the index ... the follicular lymphoma info starts around page 35. Stem cell transplant is at least listed there as a possible option.
You may also want to try and connect with other patients; I am almost certain you will find patients with follicular lymphoma on this forum in the Non-Hodgkin's area: http://forums.lymphoma.com/
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