Subtype Report: Follicular Lymphoma
FL is considered an indolent but incurable cancer marked by multiple relapses. It is currently considered to be chronic which may be successfully managed over a long period of time (10 to 20 years or more), and may never become life threatening in some patients. Many patients initially may not have symptoms or problems related to their condition, where ‘watchful waiting’ is an acceptable treatment.
Over the lifetime of a patient with FL, the cancer may need to be treated intermittently with the various treatments available, including immunotherapy, chemotherapies, stem cell transplants and radiation. Hence patients are required to manage the many physical conditions and medical issues resulting from the various treatments and cumulative side effects which will be discussed further in the patient experience.
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