John Leonard, MD of Weill Cornell Medicine discusses follicular lymphoma. As described by the NIH, follicular lymphoma is the second most common non-Hodgkin lymphoma accounting for approximately 15% of all lymphomas in North America. 

Presentation of follicular lymphoma includes asymptomatic peripheral adenopathy in cervical, axillary, inguinal and femoral regions of the lymph nodes and usually waxing and waning of the lymph nodes as well. Fortunately, as Dr. Leonard explains, follicular lymphoma is a slow-growing cancer and most patients, according to him, “don’t die from it, most die with it.” 

Treatment for follicular lymphoma is often chemotherapy or radiation therapy as patients experience symptoms. For patients who are asymptomatic, they may simply be watched.

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