In order to determine the best treatment, doctors need to know the stage of the lymphoma.
In order to stage lymphoma, two variables are determined:
- The type of cells that are multiplying in the lymph nodes
- Whether the lymphoma has spread to other lymph nodes or other organs
Most people with lymphoma are staged using the Ann Arbor system. This includes stages 1-4 (I-IV), along with certain letters that represent other factors.
The letter system includes:
- A: no symptoms
- B: symptoms of fever, night sweats or weight loss
- E:spread to one site nearby, but outside of affected lymph nodes
- X: bulky disease larger than 10 cm
In stage 1 (I), the lymphoma is present only in a single site, such as a lymph node.
In stage 2 (II), the lymphoma is present in 2 or more lymph nodes on the same side of the diaphragm, or in a single organ outside of the lymph nodes.
In stage 3 (III), the lymphoma is present on both sides of the diaphragm, with or without involvement of the spleen or other organs.
In stage 4 (IV), the lymphoma is present in multiple organs.
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