Lymphoma is a kind of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system. It includes the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, and thymus gland. When a person has lymphoma, it can affect those parts of the body as well as others.
There are lots of different kinds of lymphoma, but the two most common kinds are:
• Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: This type of lymphoma affects lymph nodes in a sequential order, one after another.
• Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: This kind causes tumors to develop in lymph nodes around the body, but not in a sequential order.
Early treatment of lymphoma increases the chances of a successful outcome. Below are some signs of lymphoma that could help you to get treatment for your loved one sooner.
The most common symptom that lymphoma causes are painless lumps in the neck, groin, or armpits. In fact, it’s often the only symptom. The lumps are caused by lymph nodes being enlarged. However, a swollen lymph node doesn’t always mean lymphoma. The lump is not painful, although pain can occur after drinking alcohol.
Weight loss caused by lymphoma usually happens suddenly and quickly. The weight loss isn’t intentional, such as by dieting or exercising. Instead, it happens because the body is using more energy because it is trying to rid itself of the cancerous cells. People experiencing weight loss due to lymphoma can lose 10 to 15 pounds in a couple of months.
Someone with lymphoma may have a persistent fever or intermittent fevers that aren’t related to a chest or urinary tract infection. Fevers in lymphoma occur with swelling of the lymph nodes and other infections.
People with lymphoma may sweat so much during the night that they need to change the sheets. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for the sweating, such as a room that is too hot or covering with too many blankets. There are other causes of night sweats, so they don’t necessarily indicate lymphoma.
Elderly care can assist older adults who have lymphoma while they receive treatment for the disease. Elderly care providers can take care of household tasks when the senior feels too tired to do them. An elderly care provider can clean the house, make meals, and answer the phone or door while the older adult rests. Elderly care providers can also offer transportation to and from medical appointments, including chemotherapy treatment.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.