does anyone have or know of someone who has malt lymphoma?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
MALT lymphoma (or MALToma - 'Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue') is a relatively rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Most NHL develops in the lymph nodes (nodal lymphoma). MALT lymphoma starts in Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue, which is lymphatic tissue that is found in other parts of the body such as the stomach, thyroid gland, lungs or the eyes, and is therefore known as extranodal lymphoma. MALT lymphoma is a cancer of the B-cell lymphocytes. It belongs to the group of marginal zone B-cell lymphomas. Marginal zone lymphoma can be either 'nodal' or 'extranodal'. MALT lymphoma is an extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma. MALT lymphomas of the stomach are associated with a bacterial infection. Helicobacter pylori is a type of bacteria that commonly infects the stomach and causes ulcers and gastritis. In some individuals it can also cause MALT lymphomas. Treatment for H pylori infection may also effectively control the disease. The cause of MALT lymphomas in other organs is not well understood. Treatment of MALT lymphomas depend on the organ involved and the stage of diagnosis. In most patients local treatments like radiation or surgery may be adequate to deal with the disease. Chemotherapy may not be required if the disease is in an early stage.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Font SizeA A A Definition of MALT lymphoma
MALT lymphoma: A low grade type of malignancy that arises in cells in mucosal tissue which are involved in antibody production. These lymphomas occur most often in the stomach but can also arise in the lung, thyroid, salivary glands, eye, skin or soft tissues. MALT stands for mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue.
MALT lymphomas are typically slow growing and are usually diagnosed at an early stage. They may be treated with low doses of radiotherapy or removed by surgery. If they have spread, they are treated with chemotherapy. The outlook is good, even when the disease is quite widespread.
- 1 decade ago
My sister has had this for about 10 years. She has had it relapse 3 times so she has had 2 series of chemotherapy and an autologos stem cell transplant.She almost died from that. It relapsed after that and she is treating it again she may have developed pre-leukemia as a result of high doses of chemo and may possibly need a donor transplant soon. I am the donor on standby. sorry to give such a grim story but one brightspot most of the time you could hardly tell she was so sick, but she is 1 tough cookie.
- 5 years ago
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