Lymphoma Cancer Surgery

There are many methods of treating lymphoma cancer, but like all cancers, the methods are dependent on certain factors such as the type and stage of the cancer and the age of the patient. Lymphoma cancer is cancer of the immune system; this is when abnormal cells in the immune system begin reproducing at an abnormal rate. It is a fast spreading cancer but with early detection and vigorous treatment, can be cured. Treatment options include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and lymphoma cancer surgery.

What is Lymphoma Cancer Surgery?

Different treatments are used for lymphoma cancer and treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy have been known to have some level of success in curing cancer.  However, cancer surgery still remains the treatment form with the highest cure rate, not just for patients with most forms of cancer.  What the surgery does is to make it possible for solid tumours to be removed.  It is also used by cancer specialists to determine the stage of the cancer so as to determine what form of treatment or therapy might be necessary, after surgery.

However, lymphoma cancer surgery is not a very popular form of treatment for patients with lymphoma cancer.  This is because it is difficult for specialists to correctly identify just where the cancer is in lymphoma.  What takes place though is surgery to remove the lymph nodes for testing.  This is referred to as a biopsy.  For patients who have been diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the spleen called splenic marginal zone lymphoma, surgery may be performed to remove the spleen.

How is Lymphoma Cancer Surgery Performed?

Where there is a swollen lymph node, which is one of the symptoms of lymphoma, a doctor might arrange for a lymph node biopsy which would be sent to a laboratory for testing.  This is then examined by a pathologist for any sign of Hodgkin's lymphoma cells.  If there are non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cells, these can also be detected including what subtype is.

Lymphoma cancer surgery or lymph node biopsy is a minor operation and the only side effects are stitches and stiffness.  The stitches are taken out after a few days and the stiffness fades.

Where Can I Get Lymphoma Cancer Surgery?

The common form of lymphoma cancer surgery is the lymph node biopsy and most hospitals that have a functioning cancer centre have this treatment available.  Below are a few of the UK private clinics that offer lymph node biopsy:

  • Newcastle Hospitals perform sentinel lymph node surgery (SLNS) and run an NHS Foundation Fund
  • The Cancer Centre at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital, London
  • BMI Healthcare, Glasgow
  • The London Clinic: Private cancer treatment in London

Cancer surgery has proven to be very effective and in fact has the highest success rate in terms of curing cancer.  Unfortunately, using surgery to cure lymphoma is still not a popular treatment approach mostly because it is difficult to locate the exact position of the cancer cells in lymphoma and that is necessary for lymphoma cancer surgery to be successful.  However, by having a lymph node biopsy done, a patient is able to have lymphoma cancer detected in its early stages and this is vital for the successful treatment of lymphoma.

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