Lymphatic System &
The Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system consists of
lymph nodes (or lymph glands) and lymphatics (the small vessels that link the lymph
nodes). It returns excess fluid to the circulation and helps fight infection and cancer.
The lymph nodes (which generally occur in clusters in the neck, armpits, and groin)
produce some white blood cells and antibodies that help protect against infection. The
right lymphatic duct and the thoracic duct drain lymph fluids into 2 veins that come
together to form the inferior vena cava, which passes into the heart. The cisterna chyli
is a widened portion of the thoracic duct, where fluids from several lymph-collecting
vessels are received. The spleen removes and destroys worn-out red blood cells and helps
The sixth most common cancer,
non-Hodgkins lymphomas affect 300,000 Americans. In the fast-moving treatment environment,
all but super-specialist MDs find it hard to keep abreast of changes that affect the
treatments and lives of NHL patients. This book helps those living with this disease to
participate in wise treatment decisions, as well as to cope with tests, treatment side
effects, and other practical issues.
Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Options
by Lorraine Johnston, Linda Lamb
The author, Lorraine
The only patient-friendly book on non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. Prior to publication of this
resource guide, no book on the market targeted the non-Hodgkins lymphoma
survivors need for understandable information. While there are medical texts on the
as well as inspirational first-person accounts from survivors of related cancers such as
leukemia, between these two sources of information existed a considerable information gap.
In straightforward language and in a format that anticipates the readers questions,
this book addresses diagnosis and its emotional tumult, finding the best oncologist, the
theories and practical aspects of treatment, characteristics of non-Hodgkins
lymphomas, side effects and long-term effects of treatment, medical tests and procedures,
Other topics of interest examined are coping with hospitalization, stress and its effects
on the immune system, sexuality and fertility after treatment, how to interact
successfully with medical personnel, and getting support from family, friends, employers
and the broader community. The end of successful treatment and its sometimes surprising
effects on ones emotions are covered in a separate chapter, as is the experience of
relapse and ways to select second-line treatment to regain remission. Clinical trials of
promising new therapies grounded in Western medicine are covered in depth. The theories
and experiences of marrow transplantation and stem cell support are surveyed. Two frank
chapters on recordkeeping, finances, insurance, employment issues, traveling for care, and
finding free treatment are included.
Throughout the text and in several appendices, the reader is referred to other books,
websites, and organizations that can provide more detail on a given topic. This book
is intended for both newly diagnosed and long-term survivors of the non-Hodgkins
lymphomas, their caregivers and loved ones, and for medical personnel who interact with
survivors of the non-Hodgkins lymphomas.
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the Lymphatic System, and the Immune System
(Regents/Prentice-Hall Medical Assistant Kit)
by Elizabeth White
(Systems of Human Anatomy)
by Thomas Braem
of Lymphoid Hyperplasia and Lymphoma
(Atlases in Diagnostic Surgical Pathology)
by Judith Ferry, Nancy Harris
by George Canellos, T. Lister, Jeffrey Sklar, Richard Lampert
Issues in Lymphoma
(Diagnostic Oncology ; Vol 4, No 1)
by R. Katz, W. Pugh
by Ian Magrath
Lymphomas, Including Hodgkin's Disease:
Diagnosis, Management, and Special Problems
(Cancer Treatment and Research)
by Bruce Dana
in Lymphoma Research
(Cancer Treatment and Research, Vol 85)
by Fernando, MD Cabanillas, M. Alma, MD Rodriguez
A reader from china, 1999
this book is very good.
in the Management of Lymphomas:
Including Hodgkin's Disease
by John Bennett
Lymphatic System and Cancer: Mechanisms and Clinical Management
(Frontiers of Radiation Therapy and Oncology, Vol 28)
by John Meyer, Jerome Vaeth
Resistance in Leukemia and Lymphoma:
The Clinical Value of Laboratory Studies
by G. Kaspers, R. Pieters, P. Twentyman, L. Weisenthal
Dancing at the Edge of Life: A Memoir
by Gale Warner, David Kreger, Bernie Siegel, Gayle Warner
For anyone who's had a loved one die from
cancer, Dancing at the Edge of Life will hit home and hit hard. After a pesky cough drove
her to the doctor's office, 30-year-old poet and writer Gale Warner was diagnosed with
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a viciously malignant form of the disease.
She immediately started to record her often extraordinary thoughts in a diary. When she
passed away a little more than a year later, she had compiled 1,000 pages of her spiritual
and physical illumination and desperation, from the ecstasy of living through a good day
to the excruciation of a bone marrow transplant.
What makes this book remarkable is Warner's perspective through it all. Though not
particularly religious, she endured her treatment with Job-like patience, fortitude, and
grace, reasoning that with each setback -- and with each victory -- she ought to be able
to unveil a life lesson, to become closer to the spirit of the earth. She also perceived
her bone marrow transplant as a ritual reincarnation of sorts. While her earth-goddess
philosophy may strike some readers as being too far out in left field (she writes of
feeling as if she's a channel of sorts for the pollution and destruction of the land), her
love of the earth and perception of her role on it is extraordinarily thought provoking.
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