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What makes diffuse large B-cell lymphoma more likely?

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Doctors don't know what causes DLBCL and other non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. They do know that you are more likely to get them if:

Your chances of getting DLBCL may also go up if you have an autoimmune disease, or your immune system is weakened in another way.

  • You're middle-aged or older. On average, people are diagnosed with DLBCL at 64 years old.
  • You're a man.
  • You're not Asian or African-American.

From: Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 27, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma," "Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Risk Factors," "Treating B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma," "Thoughts, emotions, and chemo," "Eating right can help you get through cancer treatment."

Leukaemia Foundation: "Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)."

Lymphoma Research Foundation: "Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)," "Emotional Well-Being."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma."

Medscape: "Diffuse Large Cell Lymphoma."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment (PDQ)."

Tholstrup, D. , March 2011. Leukemia & Lymphoma

UpToDate: "Patient information: Diffuse large B cell lymphoma in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

The Oncologist : "2016 ASH Annual Meeting Highlights: R-CHOP Remains the Standard of Care in Previously Untreated Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma."

OncLive: "R-CHOP Remains Frontline Standard in DLBCL, Says Expert."

ASCO Post : "Treatment of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Continues to Evolve."

Oncologist : "Lenalidomide in Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Is It a Valid Treatment Option?"

Annals of Hematology : "R-CVP regimen is active in frail elderly patients aged 80 or over with diffuse large B cell lymphoma."

UCSF Medical Center: "Autologous Transplant Guide."

Lymphoma Association: "Autologous stem cell transplant."

News release, FDA: "FDA approves CAR-T cell therapy to treat adults with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 27, 2018

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