Advancements To Treat Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

The American Cancer Society estimates 75,000 people will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma this year and they also estimate approximately 19,900 people will die from it.

Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen died on Monday due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a statement by his company, Vulcan Inc.  Allen had battled the disease in 2009.  Actor Gene Wilder was successfully treated after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the 1990s. Wilder had “a unique form” of the disease and went into “complete remission” following chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He later died in 2016 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Treatment options include chemotherapy, immunotherapy (which boosts the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer), stem-cell transplants, and surgery along with targeted therapy drugs that attack specific cancer cells.  Treatment options for the disease are gradually becoming more effective as this video explains.

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