Lymphoma is a sort of blood cell tumor that develops from the lymphatic cells. They mostly occur in the lymph nodes or inside the organs where the lymphoid components stay. The neoplastic proliferation of B & T lymphocytes are the cause of this condition.
There are several types of this medical condition, but the two main categories are Hodgkin lymphomas and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. It is found that 90% of the lymphomas are non-Hodgkin types. There are two other types of lymphomas deciphered by the World Health Organization, namely, multiple myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases.
The Hodgkin type of lymphoma involves the risk of Epstein-Barr virus especially if there is a family history behind it, while the non-Hodgkin includes the risk of autoimmune diseases, infection with human T-lymphotropic virus, AIDS/HIV, and immunosuppressant medicines.
Lymphoma can be easily diagnosed by lymph node biopsy, but that is only if there are enlarged lymph nodes. Other than that blood, bone marrow, and urine tests can also reveal the presence of this. Medical imaging is used to determine the spread of this cancer to the lungs, brain and/or liver.
Famous steakhouse owner Robert Sambol , is a living and inspiring figure to have fought with this disease. He was diagnosed with this when he was quite young but that did not make him sulk, instead he very bravely faced it all by himself, as he did not want his wife to go through the trauma.
Lymphoma classification has been going on for decades and the most recent one has been made by specialists of Globe Health Organization. They categorize it with a combination of criteria such as medical and morphological features, immunoreactive with monoclonal activities that recognize the B & T cells, and cytogenetics.
The origin of the non-Hodgkin lymphomas is in the B tissue and expresses a B cell marker on their surface. A karyotypic abnormality is expressed by most non-Hodgkin lymphomas. The indolent lymphomas are the representative types of non-Hodgkin lymphomas, such as, follicular lymphoma, and marginal lymphomas. The more intense type of lymphomas is mantle cell lymphoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma and diffuses large cell lymphoma.
We can also find some limited area lymphomas which are known as MALT lymphomas, which generally originate in the stomach, lungs, thyroid, breasts, parotid glands and epidermis. The diffuse large cell lymphoma affects the head, neck, abdomen, testis, epidermis and nerve program as well.
Being a sort of cancer its treatment definitely involves chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and targeted therapy. At times the protein is increased which thickens the blood, so plasmapheresis is performed to remove the protein. Though this might be a sort of cancer, yet the rate of cure is very high, so those affected by this only need to take proper care and follow the doctor’s advice diligently.
Robert Sambol has not only lived with lymphoma but also combated it with great zeal to live life successfully. He is living very happily and victoriously, not just with regard to this medical condition but his restaurants that are a big hit. He is the owner of Bob’s Steak and Chop House and Trinity Groves, and also plans to start a new Italian restaurant in Dallas.