Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Naturopathic Assessment

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Causal Factors

In order to stimulate the innate ability of the body to heal the causes of disease must be identified and addressed. A detailed assessment is required to determine which factors are contributing.


  • The overconsumption of certain foods such as dairy products and fried meat has been found to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men and women.[1]



  • There is an association with infections such as Epstein Barr Virus and HIV.[3]


Medical Interventions

  • Chemotherapy and Radiation
  • Prior exposure to chemotherapy and radiation can increase the risk of this type of cancer.


  • Genetics
  • Genetic variants or polymorphisms in TNF and IL10, which are key cytokines for the inflammatory response and Th1/Th2 balance, have been found to increase susceptibility to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[4]


  • Age
  • Individuals aged 60 and over have a higher risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Diagnostic Tests

Associated Conditions

Naturopathic Treatment

The goal of naturopathic treatment is to support and work in tandem with the healing power of the body. A treatment strategy is the most effective when it addresses the underlying causal factors. The treatment for prostate cancer depends on the staging (progression) of the cancer, an individual's symptoms, vitality and other conditions. The treatment strategies include: Prevention, Cancer Specific Treatments, Supportive Care and Prevent Recurrence.

It is always advisable to work with a naturopathic doctor before engaging in any treatment plan.


Prevention involves addressing any of the causal factors before they cause cancer. (expand)

Cancer Specific Treatments

Supportive Care

supportive care is often beneficial when conventional treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy are chosen.

Prevent Re-occurrence


  1. Chang E.T., Smedby K.E., Zhang SM. (2005) Dietary factors and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men and women, Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev;14:512-520.
  2. Hardell L, Mikael E(1999)A case-control study of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and exposure to pesticides,Cancer:85(6);1353-1360.
  3. Boyle MJ, Sewell WA, Sculley TB, Apolloni A, Swanson CE, Penny R, Cooper DA. (1991) Subtypes of Epstein-barr virus in human immunodeficiency virus-associated non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Blood Journal;78:3004-3011.
  4. Rothman N. et. al (2006) Genetic variation in TNF and IL10 and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a report from the interlymph consortium, The Lancet Oncology:7(1);27-38.