Relapsed Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma

Relapsed Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma: A Guide

Relapsed small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) is a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It is a cancer of the lymph nodes and is similar to chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The difference between the two is that with SLL the tumor is confined to the lymph nodes, while with CLL it is found throughout the body. Relapsed small lymphocytic lymphoma affects about 5% of patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is usually treatable.

Relapsed small lymphocytic lymphoma is usually diagnosed after chemotherapy or radiation treatment for another lymphoma. It can also occur if the lymphoma hasn’t been completely cleared. Symptoms of relapsed small lymphocytic lymphoma include enlarged lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, fatigue, and weight loss. The diagnosis is confirmed through a biopsy and blood work.

Treatment for relapsed small lymphocytic lymphoma usually consists of chemotherapy or radiation. Sometimes these treatments are given in combination with other drugs. The goal of treatment for SLL is to reduce or eliminate the symptoms and delay relapse. It is important to follow up with your doctor to monitor your progress.

There are some things that patients can do to help cope with relapsed small lymphocytic lymphoma. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.
  • Seeking out therapies and support which may include yoga, massage, and acupuncture.
  • Finding ways to stay positive and reduce stress.
  • Talking with your doctor about treatment options and attending regular check-ups.

Relapsed small lymphocytic lymphoma can be a difficult and challenging diagnosis. However, with the right treatment and care, it is possible to control the progression of the disease and maintain a good quality of life.