Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors & Stories from Patients
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The Empowered Survivor
In His Own WordsRob Shares His Experience
"I got much more out of cancer than cancer ever took from me,” says CTCA non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor Rob.
Lymphoma cancer patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) have a story to tell. In this section, you will read one man's story of non-Hodgkin lymphoma survival - including how he found the courage to fight cancer, and a team willing to fight with him.
What Is Lymphoma?
Lymphoma is a term for cancers that develop from cells of the lymphatic system (which is part of the body’s immune system) called lymphocytes (a subset of white blood cells responsible for immunity and fighting infections). There are two basic categories of lymphomas: Hodgkin lymphoma (also called Hodgkin’s disease) and non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL). Hodgkin lymphoma is marked by the presence of an abnormal lymphocyte called the Reed-Sternberg cell (or B lymphocyte). NHL includes all other lymphomas and develops from white blood cells in other parts of the lymphatic system, including the bone marrow, spleen, thymus and lymph nodes.
To learn more about lymphoma cancer and the integrative lymphoma cancer treatment options available at CTCA, visit our Lymphoma Cancer Program.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors Share Their Stories
What makes CTCA different from other hospitals and cancer treatment facilities? Read on as three of our non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors share their personal journeys of hope and healing.
“All of the members of my care team asked us questions and asked for our input. They invited us into the decision-making process for developing my treatment plan. It was a collaborative team effort focused on 'my' needs.”
“When I met with my doctors, I knew I got the ‘A-Team.’ With Dr. Redei and Dr. Abutalib, I got doctors who were knowledgeable about my disease and how to treat it. I was really impressed with how calm and confident Dr. Redei was in coming up with my treatment plan. He knew what I was dealing with and that made me feel better about what I was up against.”
“Within the next week, CTCA had done what had taken the other facility weeks to accomplish. I was diagnosed, staged, given my options of how I could receive treatment for the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I had, told what my prognosis was and assured that I was not alone in my fight. I was on a team now—which I was to be a big part of—and we were going to do everything possible to beat this disease.”