• when and how will you know if it comes back

    Asked by barbara815 on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    when and how will you know if it comes back

    I have a friend who had NHL it came back after 13 years and it killed him afraid that will happen to me

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    • workit's Avatar

      Can you be more specific about your type of NHL? If it did recur, IF, you might become symptomatic again - night sweats; fatigue; lump; abdominal pressure on bladder, arteries, organs causing discomfort or bloating feeling; cachexia; or something could show up in a check-up in your blood work or by physical examination (feeling lymph nodes).

      Live each day enjoying life, the possibility exists that it may come back but it also may not. I don't like to worry about things until they happen. I've wasted time before worrying and then nothing happened, and then I regretted that anxiety over nothing had affected perfectly good days. Do what you can to reduce your risk of recurrence: eat well; exercise; get good sleep; and enjoy family, friends, and spiritual relationships - live. In the meantime, new treatments will be developed should they be needed.

      I hope your fears will diminish, they may not go away entirely, but hopefully they won't affect all the normal days ahead. All the best to you!

      about 7 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Lymphoma, while fatal in some cases, is very seldom an emergency. It is readily treatable at all stages. Those who ignore the symptoms and allow their immune systems to be severely compromised are at the greatest risk. I asked doctor what it was that claimed the lives of lymphoma patients. He replied that normally, it was infection, and not the cancer. Since lymphoma attacks the immune system, it prepares the way for a serious infection. And, when infection cannot be controlled, treatment must stop. Lymphoma does not sneak up on you and snuff you out without warning. You know your body, and you know your lymphoma history. Any reasonably good doctor will clue in to that and perform the needed tests should you suspect that it has relapsed. As workit said, the type of lymphoma you have/had will generally determine the symptoms of relapse. And, likewise, do not live in fear - if you do, are you really living? Life is a finite resource. Enjoy it wisely and daily.

      about 7 years ago
    • lynndelee's Avatar

      Thanks to the two comments above. Sometimes I need to be reminded of the positives . Today is a blessing.

      about 7 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      Sometimes you feel a lump. sometimes you become more tired than usual. There are various ways. I would caution you - not every symptom you have is cancer; sometimes it is just a cold or upset stomach. We do have a tendency to think that every symptom is the cancer coming back.

      about 7 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I agree with the above. ALSO JUST try and make yourself as HEALTHY as you can to give your body a fighting chance.

      about 7 years ago

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