Dr. J. Chovan, DNP, Dr. J. Cacchillo, DO, & B. Gish, CNP
follicular lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, B cell malignancy, lymphoma
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Follicular Lymphoma (FL) is a subtype of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. FL is a proliferation of the germinal center B cells mixed with nonmalignant cells. The genetic hallmark of FL is the translocation of T(14:18). Median age of diagnosis is 60-65, occurs rarely in children. Risk factors include, cigarette smoking, pesticides, increased body mass, first degree relative with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Epstein-Barr virus, and immunodeficient states. FL is diagnosed with biopsy and staged and graded. Different treatment options are available, along with “watch and wait”, consists of no treatment, just continue with computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET). There is no cure for FL even with treatment.
Miller-Schaar, Audra, "Follicular Lymphoma" (2016). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. 180.