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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

There are over 30 types of lymphoma and most of these are classified as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. These cancers are typically found on lymphatic tissues such as lymph nodes or lymphatic organs. The lymph glands protect against infection by filtering impurities that enter the body.

Like most cancers, the causes of lymphoma are still relatively unknown but research is beginning to uncover some potential triggers. Evidence links environmental pollutants and noxious substances, such as Agent Orange, the chemical used in the Vietnam War, to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Studies performed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the early 1990s found that exposure to dyes, especially long term use of dark hair-color dyes and occupational exposure to dyes, increased risks of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). In 2004, further studies confirmed the link between long term hair-dye use and NHL.

Research shows strong evidence that a weakened immune system or use of immunosuppressant drugs may lead to NHL. Also, exposure to certain chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides, exposure to radiation or water with high-levels of nitrate may increase risks of NHL. At least 20 studies have shown that farmers, horticulturalists and pesticide applicators may have a higher risk of developing NHL, specifically when using herbicide 2:4D.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Occupational Pollutants

Studies conducted in Europe have identified various occupations that may be at a higher risk of developing NHL due to the chemicals they work with on a daily basis:

Agricultural Farmers, Applicators, and Horticulturalists
Petrochemical and oil refinery workers
Asbestos workers
Dry cleaners
Carpenters and other woodworkers
Nickel refinery workers

Research shows that instances of lymphoma and NHL are increasing. The American Cancer Society estimates over 54,000 cases of NHL this year. In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that NHL occurs in approximately 12 out of every 100,000 people each year. Typically, NHL is diagnosis in elderly persons, the average age of diagnosis is 60.

Register your Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Complaint

If you or a loved one is suffering from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please fill in our form to submit your complaint and we will have a lawyer review your Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma complaint.

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Published on Nov-3-05


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I was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 3 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1998 at 30 years old. I’ve always wondered why the doctors said this was really unusual for a person of that age with no cancer family history, to develop this blood disease. I went through clinical trials chemotherapeutic infusion and radiation. Since then my red and white counts has not return to a normal range which causes a lot of stress and fatigue trying to keep from getting sick.
I was raised in an apartment development that is surrounded with maintained lawn care, where I ran joyfully up and down many days of many years.

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I was diagnosed with non hodkins lymphoma stage 3 1/31/2018. I have been exposed to chemicals that my neighbor used on his lawn recently by my dogs roaming from him yard to mine. Then my dogs coming into my home.

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After taking vancomycin for 50 plus days, my hemoglobin went down to 4.5. I was under a doctor's care on a weekly basis at the facility where I was receiving my infusions. Even though my blood was drawn weekly, no one ever checked on my hemoglobin levels. I went in on a Sunday in April to get my infusion and told the nurse in charge how badly I had been feeling and felt that I needed to go to the hospital. She checked my vitals and told me that I could go, but if she were me she'd wait until Monday when the doctor would be seeing me again. As it turned out, my condition was critical, and I made a life-saving decision by going to the hospital that morning.
I was admitted to the hospital and immediately taken off the vancomycin. After more tests than I can count, a bone marrow test determined that I had waldonstrom syndrome a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. I've been under the constant care of a local hematologist/oncologist as well as a top of the line specialist at Sloan Kettering in NYC. No where in the literature on vancomycin, did I see lymphoma as a possible side effect. I don't want any other person to have to endure the nightmare that I have gone through as a result of taking this medication.

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My father Paul C Beasley JR. Died 11/24/2004 of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was diagnosed when he was in his early 40s in the early 1990's. he battled it into remission a few different times but he finally succumbed after a long battle with the disease. Throughout this entire time and going even before he was diagnosed I remember him always using the product in question Roundup.
During the illness and during the remissions he used it to kill all the weeds we had and even felt it was safe enough to let me help him use it. Being his son I never questioned it's safety. And as a constant throughout most of his adult life I believe it is the cause of his illness and the eventual cause of his death and the suffering of a great mans family. He served his country in the army as an MP and his community as a police officer justice needs to be done. Please help me look into this matter.

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I have been treated with chemo injections [Rituxin] for non-hodgkins lymphoma-Waldstrom's syndrome=macroglobalinemea for 2 years, the "numbers" checked every 67 months show "good". Husband has used roundup for many years around our homes for weed control...I work in the yard all the time. Have dyed my hair [not the dark color, but peroxide, etc] before any cancer involvement. Taught in a school for 2 years that had asbestos and other furnace air issues & another school that had carpet-air conditions. Have no "symptoms" regarding the lymphoma. Had 2 breast cancers and colon cancer surgeries before this lymphoma disease. Think all the chemicals from round-up, other chemicals used in the landscaping of regular homeowners, and air/land/food/water conditions in the country in general are the fault of large corporations that poison our whole environment and lie to the public and can control the law and justice against the people.

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My husband was diagnosed with lymphoma 3 years ago. He had to have a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy. He worked at DTE coke battery plant and had to wear a respirator due to the exposure of chemicals in the plant. I would like to investigate if the chemicals in the plant caused the cancer. He had to take a medical retirement.

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Hello I am being treated with state 4 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I was on a US war ship from 1967-1971 and worked in the engine room. We used asbestos with our hands to cover the steam lines all the time. We also used many chemicals.

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My father in law was just diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. He spent his whole career working for IMB as a repair tech. They worked with a chemical for many years that was later banned because it was so toxic


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