B-cell Follicular Lymphoma

What is B-Cell Follicular Lymphoma?

B-cell follicular lymphoma (FL) is a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). B-cell follicular lymphoma is a type of NHL that originates in a type of white blood cell called a B-cell. These cancers are slow-growing, but can still be very aggressive in some cases.

FL usually starts in one of the lymph nodes in the neck, chest, or abdomen, but it can also start elsewhere in the body, such as the bone marrow, spleen, or other organs. It can affect the blood as well.

Symptoms of B-Cell Follicular Lymphoma:

FL can cause a number of symptoms, including:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in neck, groin, or under the arm
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Itching of the skin
  • Loss of appetite

These symptoms can vary from person to person. If you have any of these symptoms and think you may have FL, it is important to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis of B-Cell Follicular Lymphoma

Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about your medical history. Blood tests, X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, or MRI scans can also be used to diagnose FL. Additionally, a biopsy of the lymph node may be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

Once diagnosed, your doctor will determine the stage of the disease. This is important because it will help your doctor decide which treatment option is best for you.

Treatment of B-Cell Follicular Lymphoma

B-cell follicular lymphoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation. In some cases, oral medications or targeted therapy may be used. These treatments can cause side effects, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of your treatment plan.

Surgery and stem cell transplantation may also be used to treat FL. Your doctor will discuss these options with you if they are right for you.