The Hodgkin’s Lymphoma disease is a type of cancer that attaches the lymph system of the immune system.
I was listening to the radio last evening and a program cased me to link to a website from all the pages of the www.healthoma.com. The program was performed by a young man, Tooraj, who is suffering from Hodgkin’s disease.
He is waiting for the bone marrow transplant but the suitable donor has not been found yet.
With the help of his brother, Tooraj has launched a website, www.CancerDiscussion.com, and on this website he tries to help people who suffer from different kinds of cancers or people who one of their loved ones is involved in cancer.
What Is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or Hodgkin’s Disease?
There are two kinds of lymphomas: non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Lymphoma is the cancer of lymph system cells. Lymph system cells are the cells that are responsible for protecting the body against germs and infections.
The Lymph system cells for our body are like the soldiers of a country. They defend our body against pathogenic factors like bacteria, viruses, parasites and … .
Lymph system has several different kinds of cells that each of them has a different function. In lymphoma, some of these cells or all of them lose their control and start multiplying, multiplying and multiplying.
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is common in younger people and the average age for it is 27.7 whereas non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas average age is 67.
B cells make antibodies to fight bacteria, viruses and other foreign materials such as fungi.
T cells fight infection, destroy abnormal cells and control the immune response.
Natural killer (NK) cells attack abnormal or foreign cells.
Lymphocytes sometimes change and no longer grow or behave normally. These abnormal cells can form tumours called lymphomas. Hodgkin lymphoma usually starts in abnormal B cells called Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cells, or HRS cells. These cells are much larger than normal lymphocytes and have a large nucleus or more than one nucleus.
What Are Hodgkin’s Disease Symptoms?
- Non painful swelling lymph nodes.
- General fatigue and lack of energy
- Sudden weight loss sometimes over 10%
- Unstable fever that can be accompanied by chills for more than one week
- Night sweats
- Itching without any rush or cause that can be seen on the skin. Some people may see some rushes or lesions on the skin but it is not common.
- Some people may have lower back pain
- Some people will have painful lymph node after alcohol consumption.
Reed Sternberg cells in Hodgkin’s Lymphomas
The Areas of Lymphatic System in Our Body
Our body has several lymphatic systems that protects our body against infection diseases and it acts like the body guards of our immune system against germs and diseases which are listed below.
- Lymph nodes
- Lymph Vessels
- Bone Marrow