Follicular Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Patient Stories
What is non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can occur at any age and is often identified by lymph nodes that are larger than normal, fever, and weight loss. There are many different types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. These types can be divided into aggressive (fast-growing) and indolent (slow-growing) and they can be formed from either B-cells or T-cells. The most common type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas are B-cell lymphomas, which comprise 85% of all diagnoses.
Follicular lymphoma, one of the most common forms of lymphoma, is named after the rounded “follicles” seen when an affected lymph node is viewed under magnification. A slow-growing lymphoma that affects mainly older adults, follicular lymphoma (also known as “indolent” or “low-grade”) exhibits minor symptoms and often goes undetected until a swollen lymph node is identified.
Prognosis and treatment depend on the stage and type of disease. For patients diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, you may wish to consult www.zevalin.com for more information on your disease and various treatment choices.
Indications and Usage
ZEVALIN® (ibritumomab tiuxetan) injection for intravenous use is a prescription medication that has three parts: two infusions of rituximab and one injection of Yttrium-90 (Y-90) ZEVALIN. Rituximab is used to reduce the number of B-cells in your blood and Y-90 ZEVALIN is given to treat your non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).
The ZEVALIN therapeutic regimen is used to treat patients with:
"The summer of 1997 started as the happiest time of my life. I was close to retirement and looking forward to spending some quality time with my husband. What's more, my fondest wish - to become a grandmother - came true that June with the birth of my first grandson, Ian. But it's remarkable what a difference a month can make. In July, I was diagnosed with small cell follicular lymphoma."
Jan is an actual ZEVALIN® patient.
"Like many other people with follicular lymphoma, my diagnosis came as a complete shock to me. As an avid hiker and outdoorsman, I'd always been physically active. In 2008, however, I began to feel some pain in my groin area. At the time, I thought it was just scar tissue from an old injury. But in November 2009, my doctor noticed a lump on my neck during my yearly physical and scheduled me for a biopsy in a few weeks' time. It was then that he first mentioned lymphoma as a possibility."
Dave is an actual ZEVALIN® patient.
For complete safety information, please see the full Prescribing Information for ZEVALIN, including BOXED WARNINGS, for ZEVALIN on www.zevalin.com. Because the ZEVALIN therapeutic regimen includes the use of rituximab, please also consult prescribing information for rituximab at (www.rituxan.com). Additional information may also be found on this web site or by speaking with your health care provider.
"When I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma several years ago, my life could not have been going any better. I was living in Chicago. I had a great job and lots of friends. I was also in the best physical shape of my life, running three miles every other day. One day, though, a co-worker commented that my neck looked really swollen. Even though I felt completely fine, I made an appointment with an internist just to be safe."
Laura is an actual ZEVALIN® patient.
"My experience with follicular lymphoma began in the fall of 2005, when I observed a small-sized bump in my right groin. I thought it was a sports injury and didn't think much more about it. But on Thanksgiving Day, I noticed that the bump appeared to have grown. At first, I thought perhaps it was a hernia, so I went to a hernia specialist to get it checked out. As it turned out, that mysterious bump was actually a swollen lymph node. The doctor recommended I get a biopsy."
Michael is an actual ZEVALIN® patient.