T-Cell Lymphomas: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Lymphoma is mostly a cancer of the immune system. Actually, it is cancer of the lymphatic system, but that is where most of our white blood cells are stored. The T-cells are very important, with the most vital known as “killer T-cells”. These cells become cancerous under certain conditions and thus, the cancer of lymphoma sets in.

It is a condition that is easy to diagnose for most people, but the effects can be rather daunting. The symptoms and survival rates are not conclusive. The good news is that, if it is caught early, the usual treatments are successful in most cases.

Symptoms of Lymphoma

Since Lymphomas of any kind are cancers of the immune system, there are almost always other diseases associated with the disease. This can make symptoms more confusing for both doctors and patients alike. T cell lymphoma has a few different manifestations and symptoms than other diseases.

    • Non-healing patches on the skin.
    • Scaly and Flat manifestations on the skin,
    • Plaques that are thick and raised above the skin surface.
    • Itching and constant fatigue
    • Night sweats or excessive daytime sweating.
    • Skin bleeding or easy bruising
  • Constant pain in the abdomen, particularly in the left flank
  • Fevers and flu-like symptoms

The Causes

One could point to numerous causes for any kind of cancer. Truly, there are so many environmental, genetic, and toxic exposures which can cause various types of cancer. Usually, it is the immune system that will come face to face with the issue and sometimes this mutates the lymphatic cells. Our immune systems are front-line defenses for battling any pathogen.

As far as know causes go, there are some you can avoid and some you cannot. For example, if you have a genetic predisposition to lymphatic cancer, it is good to get screened on a regular basis, particularly if you are experiencing the most common symptoms or worse.

For the most part, this type of lymphatic cancer is found to start out as sub-cutaneous. This tends to cause further disruptions in the blood and then it can become much more advanced. Chronically enlarged lymph nodes from damaged cells and certain toxins can cause it.

For the most part, the jury is out on the specific causes. At the point of diagnosis, your physician will try to pinpoint the causes, but it is going to be more important in most cases to begin treatments. The only situation in which this would not be appropriate is if there is a potential misdiagnosis.

Treatments

This condition is a form of cancer. There will need to be chemotherapy and possibly radiation in most cases. This causes the weaker lymphatic cancer cells to be killed off and, hopefully, it will not kill of the healthy cells. All chemotherapy works this way. Otherwise, immunotherapy may be used as well. Both methods seem to produce positive results for non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.

Understand that many of these same symptoms can occur with many other diseases. You may not have any form of lymphoma at all.

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