T-Cell and B-Cell Lymphoma
Overview: Lymphoma, a blood cancer, attacks the immune system by the uncontrollable growth of lymphocytes, white blood cells, and is divided into Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Cancerous lymphocytes, B-lymphocytes (B-cells) and T-lymphocytes (T-cells), travel throughout the body and form tumors. Most NHLs and Hodgkin's are B cell lymphomas. Hodgkin's and NHLs receive different treatments. NHL can be either indolent (slow-growing) or aggressive. There are many different types of T cell and B cell lymphomas.
Swollen lymph nodes, rashes and fevers are common symptoms, but because there are so many different lymphomas, starting in different parts of the body, the first symptoms vary. Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma is a skin cancer affecting 2-3% of NHL patients; it starts as a rash, forms lesions and eventually spreads to other parts of the body. There are many types of Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma, including Mycosis Fungoides (Alibert-Bazin syndrome).
Because there are so many types of cancers, the treatments vary. In general, treatments include drugs, chemotherapy and possibly surgery.
The T-Cell Lymphoma Transportation Assistance Fund provides help to T-cell lymphoma patients who need help with gas, tolls etc. and is funded by The Lymphoma Research Foundations.
Sorafenib and Everolimus plus chemo are being studied for advanced liver, kidney and other cancers. Clinical trials are studying other drugs; anyone interested can contact www.lymphoma.org.
A holistic approach combining Western and Alternative Medicine has helped many. Earth Clinic's cancer and lymphoma pages have many remedies, detailing 'recipes' and treatment details. Strengthening the immune system is critical, especially if radiation treatment has damaged it. Many feel that cancer requires an acidic environment, so they avoid acidic foods and use alkaline supplements and green smoothies. Becoming as healthy as possible to fight the cancer is the goal.
09/24/2007: Rachelle from Phoenix, Arizona: "I know an 8 year old with this disease which the medical doctors do not know how to "cure". She is in extreme pain and very sick. As a result, the doctors are throwing every drug they can at her to see if it helps, plus she is on chemo and radiation."Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Rachelle: The remedy that I have found to work extremely well against fungus or myocosis fungoides in case of a fungus (and they are tough!) is the borax remedy, as being both the easiest to use and generally works quite well. The remedy is prepared with 1/4 teaspoon of borax in one liter drinking of water to be used to drink throughout the day for only a couple of days where the recovery I have witness are relatively quick. Antibiotics seem to generate more fungus growth since antibiotics are actually manufactured from fungus and even if someone were to argue there is no fungus in the antibiotics, it is still hard to explain why people who take antibiotics experiences more aggressive fungus growth in some cases. Hence, it might not be the fungus, but might be the fact that it is acid forming, or that it causes the body to retain more toxic heavy metals, but the generation of antibiotics the fungus itself has no effect on growth. Another safe remedy I know is drops of hydrogen peroxide 3% added to one liter of drinking water along with borax which is estimated to be about 12 drops per liter of water. There are other remedies I am aware of that are quite effective, but because the chemicals are hard to find, I am reluctant to post them unless other common remedies were already tried. It should be noted that I do have good feedback from such condition when eating a fish diet, with the chinese parsley since fishes generally break down into proteins, amino acid, and urea, which may break into trace ammonia, which has a strong anti fungus properties also. In some rare cases, the lack of sea salt added to drinking water, and the acidic urine where an alkaline remedy using baking soda for example 1/4 teaspoon x 2 times a day in 1/2 glass of water can further reduce such a problem. It should be noted that certain minerals other than boron (from borax) also have antifungal properties. These include molybdenum, and copper. Green tea (no milk and no sugar please!) because of their high tannin contents also discourages some fungus growth just the same. However you approach it, excess sugar and fats should be avoided whenever such problems do occur. I have noted that vaccines, do contain live mycobacterium and mycobacterium which may lead to fungus or other problems and hence those might also be consider possible source of the problem too."
07/22/2011: Gideon from Kiryat Ono, Israel replies: "The above response is dangerously misleading. Mycosis fungoides has NOTHING to do with fungus! It is a type of cancer - a skin lymphoma. "Fungoides" means fungus-like in appearance, nothing more.
The only natural tratment I know of for MF is phototherapy (sunbathing), which may prove effective only in the very early stages of MF.
A natural therapist I know, strongly advises to leave the treatment of MF to conventional medicine.
That said, persuing a healthy lifestyle and healthy nutrition surely can't hurt."
01/16/2012: Estell from South Padre Island, Tx replies: "I have been diagnosed with mycosis fungoides as of one yr ago. MD anderson prescribed nitrogen mustard as topical cream so I have to apply myself and do not feel comfortable due to side effects. I do not have it spread to organs nor blood yet only left arm and breast and right upper thigh...."
03/04/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "That's very interesting. Vitiligo is sometimes mistaken for fungus and vice versa. Some of the foreign cures (from India, etc.) recommend mustard seed applied topically. If I remember correctly, it had to do with making a paste with water."
10/27/2012: Ben1fitness from Hialeah, Florida replies: "Borax is toxic to the human body!! What kind of garbage are you feeding the public!! People need to do some reading for their own! Google borax and you decide if you should drink this poison!!!"
12/12/2012: Alison from Fayetteville, Nc replies: "I have MF and have been through MANY different therapies over the last 30 years. All therapies worked a little, but there is no medical cure. In the past year is have been on an anti-inflammatory diet and now my patches are all disappearing. I also take a tblsp of organic apple cider vinegar in warm water first thing every morning. I no longer eat any bread, and lots of non acidic fruits and vegetables. I eat no red meat, but some chicken, turkey and fish. Stay away from processed foods as much as possible."
04/20/2013: Lisa Jo from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Borax is not good for MF. I was diagnosed with MF 9 years ago at age 37 and I am a female. At first, I was misdiagnosed. I have tried PUVA but thought that it was to aggressive. I have momentary flare ups. I will then turn to my diet. I cut out breads, acidic fruit, sweets etc.. I will drink more water and relax.
The anti inflammatory diet works. I am also going to try acupuncture and Chinese herbs to strengthen my system. Stay away from drugs and stress ( physical, mental and emotional) as much as possible. Peace!"