Follicular Lymphoma - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Aug 03, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult if I have enlarged nodes with weight loss?

You should first visit a general practitioner who will refer you to the specialist such as an Oncologist-Medicine or Oncologist-Surgery if indicated.

2. Is follicular lymphoma a hereditary disease?

No, follicular lymphoma is not a hereditary disease. 

3. Can follicular lymphoma become dangerous?

Yes, follicular lymphoma in the advanced stage (when it has spread to other organs and affected them) is dangerous as it becomes incurable.

4. What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

The most frequent side effects are: decreased blood cell counts that may lead to anemia, bleeding and bruising, infections, lack of energy, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in mouth and throat, vomiting and diarrhea. Some of the chemotherapy drugs used can cause urination problems with little or no urine elimination and painful urination. In women, it affects the menstrual periods and in men, there is a risk of infertility as well.

5. Can follicular lymphoma relapse?

In most of the cases of FL, following a period of remission, the disease will come back, or “relapse.” A person may experience multiple relapses, and these relapses can occur years apart.

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