Non-Hodgkins Lymphomas (cont.)

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What is the prognosis and survival rate for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?

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The prognosis of NHL can be good but is linked to the type of lymphoma, the extent of spread (staging), and response to therapy. Prognosis should be discussed with the patient's health-care provider.

Approximately 69,000 patients were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011, and about 19,000 patients died in 2013.

Five-year survival is a measure used to predict and gauge the severity of the cancer. Please discuss your own risk factors, staging, and classifications with your own health-care team as none of these numbers should be applied to an individual patient without considering all the circumstances of the patient's illness.

The National Cancer Institute reports the following average five-year survival:

NHL 5-year Survival
Stage at diagnosis Stage distribution (%) 5-year relative survival (%)
Localized (confined to primary site) 29 81.1
Regional (spread to regional lymph nodes) 15 70.5
Distant (cancer has metastasized) 48 58.5
Unknown (unstaged) 8 64.1

Where can people find more information about non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: 914-949-5213
Fax: 914-949-6691


"Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma." National Cancer Institute.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/14/2014

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