I am quickly learning about lymphoma and follicular lymphoma more specifically. Below, is a quick overview about follicular lymphoma, my prognosis, and treatment options. For more information, I have also included some useful links.
Follicular lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects the B-cells or B lymphocytes. It commonly affects adults ~50 years of age. It is often a slow growing or indolent form of lymphoma, although has the potential to transform into a more aggressive form of B-cell lymphoma. While follicular lymphoma responds well to treatment, there is currently no cure.
My prognosis & course of treatment
My lymphoma is currently at stage 3 (out of 4 stages). Fortunately, it is confined to the lymph nodes and has not spread to the bone marrow or any other organs.
I’m currently undergoing 6 rounds of chemotherapy. Once a month I receive 2 doses of Bendamustine (a derivative of mustard gas) and 1 dose of Rituximab (Rituxan®).