NHL (all subtypes combined) is the 11th most common cause of cancer death in the UK. Around 4,700 people died from NHL (all subtypes combined) in 2012 in the UK, that is 13 every day. NHL (all subtypes combined) is the 12th most common cause of cancer death in men and 8th most common cause of cancer death in women in the UK with around 2,600 and 2,100 deaths in 2012. More than half of all deaths from NHL (all subtypes combined) occur in people aged 75 and over. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is a cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body's immune system. Lymphocytes are in the lymph nodes and other lymphoid tissues.
The following are some of the common subtypes of NHL:
A study is looking at a new type of scan called magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to see if it can help to predict which type of treatment will work best for individual patients. MRS gives information about the activity inside a cancer, by looking at chemical changes. Doctors hope they will be able to use this information in the future to choose the most appropriate treatment for patients. This trial is no longer recruiting patients and we are waiting for the results. Signs and symptoms of NHL include the following:
•Swollen, painless lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin
•Unexplained weight loss
•Coughing, trouble breathing, or chest pain
•Weakness and tiredness that don't go away (fatigue)