Lymphomas are cancer cells that began, and are present, in the lymphatic system; a network of bean-shaped nodes located throughout the body with the job of fighting infection.
Although there are many variations of lymphoma, they are broadly classified into Hodgkin disease and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The two main distinctions between them are how the cancer cells develop (and spread) and the type of treatment required.
Each year more than 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with lymphomas. Nearly eight times as many lymphoma patients fall into the Non-Hodgkin category than Hodgkin disease.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center is renowned for the diagnosis, therapy, and research of lymphoma. UNMC has treated patients from all over the world. Our patients come for consultation, initial diagnosis, second opinions, standard chemotherapy, participation in clinical research trials, and bone marrow/stem cell transplants.
So what tips the scale for a lymphoma patient in choosing UNMC for their care?
Let's answer that from two perspectives:
What the patient sees
- Time - Both patients and doctors appreciate the amount of quality time they’re able to spend during each visit. Our patients are being cared for, not processed.
- Education - New and innovative therapies are being discovered constantly. It’s important to keep patients informed of procedures as they come available. Education gives our patients control over a condition that they may have once felt helpless against.
- Clinical Studies - Education isn’t enough without the choices. UNMC offers all of the latest clinical trials for Lymphoma. Giving our patients the opportunity, as well as the education, to choose what they feel is best for them.
What the patient doesn’t see
- Specialization - Doctors and pathologists.
Did you know that most doctors are expected to treat many varieties of cancer? It's unusual in an organization that one doctor treats only one type of cancer. UNMC has four doctors dedicated to lymphoma and only lymphoma. Not many doctors, best in their field, have the luxury of working with other world-renowned colleagues in the same hospital. In fact, doctors from around the world call upon UNMC's lymphoma team for consultation. Click here to read more about the lymphoma team and ask yourself this: "Do I want my doctor to be the one that reads the books, or writes them?"
Most of us outside the medical profession aren’t aware of the role of the pathologists. So let’s use another term: Detectives.
With over 40 different types of lymphoma it is imperative that the specific cancer be properly identified in order for the doctors to form the best strategy against this threat. UNMC is blessed with hematopathologists who are sought after nationally for their expertise.