Lymphoma Cancer Survival Rate Have Improved Greatly
Lymphoma cancer survival rate for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) vary widely, depending on the lymphoma type, stage, age of the patient, whether or not it is in organs outside the lymph system, how well a person can do normal daily activities and depends on the blood level of lactate dehydrogenase (this level goes up when there is a lot of tumor in the body or in the presence of fast-growing tumors and other variables). These factors are important because they allow doctors to plan treatment better than they could if treatment were based only on the type of lymphoma (the pathology report) and staging information.
According to the American Cancer Society, the overall 5 year relative survival rate for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma is 63% and the 10 year relative survival rate is 51%. The relative survival rate estimates the likelihood that a patient will survive a certain number years after diagnosis. It is calculated to exclude the likelihood of death from diseases other than the cancer. Because the outlook varies so widely, making a definite prognosis is very difficult. However, they are usually diagnosed at a late stage, after the cancer has spread, thus reducing the survival rate. Aggressive lymphomas are more likely to cause rapid death, but they are also often curable. Survival rates for patients with NHL have greatly improved since the early 1990s, especially for patients under age 45. Advances in treatment have contributed to this improvement.
Lymphoma cancer survival rate for Hodgkin Lymphoma has increased dramatically from 40% in the year 1960 to 1963, to more than 90% percent for all races from 1999 to the year 2005, because this type of cancer is quite easily treatable. In fact it was the first cancerous diseases to be treated using radiation therapy and combination chemotherapy. Although observed in any age group, this form of lymphoma is usually observed in adolescents and young adults. Older adults over the age of 50 might also be susceptible to the disease. Hodgkin lymphoma is also believed to affect more men than women where the 74,490 new cases of lymphoma diagnosed in 2009, were seen to affect 40,630 males and 33,860 females.
The rate above may vary greatly based on the health of the individual, the type of lymphoma and the stage of diagnosis of the cancer. Remember that these are just some general statistics of the lymphoma cancer survival rate.