What is the definition of Gastric Lymphoma?
Gastric lymphoma is a type of stomach cancer that occurs in the lymph tissue of the stomach. There are 3 types of gastric lymphoma: 1) primary gastric lymphoma, 2) mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) gastric lymphoma, and 3) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).
What are the symptoms for Gastric Lymphoma?
Symptoms of gastric lymphoma can vary in different individuals and may include abdominal pain and cramping, a feeling of fullness after eating small amounts of food, nausea, vomiting, unexplained weight loss, weakness, fatigue, malaise, indigestion, night sweats, jaundice (yellowing of skin, whites of eyes, and mucous membranes), vomiting blood, fever, difficulty swallowing, enlarged liver or spleen, or a perforation in the stomach.
What are the current treatments for Gastric Lymphoma?
Treatment for gastric lymphoma depends on the specific type and the progression of the disease. Treatment for gastric lymphoma additionally requires a multidisciplinary team of doctors and other specialists. Treatment for gastric lymphoma may include antibiotic Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication therapy and chemotherapy (Rituxan) with CHOP (cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin Oncovin (vincristine) and prednisone). Symptomatic and supportive care includes treating dehydration, nausea, and vomiting, administering pain medications, antacids, stenting to alleviate gastric obstruction, and bone marrow stimulating drugs to alleviate side effects of chemotherapy.