NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
6 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, 2017 How to use this book Who should read this book? Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is the focus of this book. It is also known as DLBCL, for short. It is the most common type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This lymphoma has many subtypes. Subtypes covered in this book include DLBCL with follicular lymphoma (or transformed lymphoma); DLBCL with gastric MALT lymphoma; DLBCL with nongastric MALT lymphoma; DLBCL NOS; follicular lymphoma grade 3; intravascular large B-cell lymphoma; DLBCL associated with chronic inflammation; ALK-positive DLBCL; EBV-positive DLBCL of the elderly; double- or triple-hit DLBCL, and T-cell-/histiocyte-rich large B-cell lymphoma. People with the subtypes listed above and those who support them—caregivers, family, and friends—may find this book helpful. It is a good starting point to learn what your options may be. This book does not include information on primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma; primary DLBCL of the CNS; primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma; grey zone lymphoma; and primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma, leg type. Are the book chapters in a certain order? Early chapters explain concepts that are repeated in later chapters. Part 1 explains what DLBCL is. Knowing more about this lymphoma may help you better understand its treatment. Parts 2 through 5 address issues related to treatment. Part 2 lists which health tests and other steps of care are needed before treatment. Part 3 briefly describes all the types of treatments so you can understand your options that are listed in Part 4 . Tips for making treatment decisions are presented in Part 5 . Does this book include all options? This book includes information for many people. Your treatment team can point out what applies to you. They can also give you more information. While reading, make a list of questions to ask your doctors. The treatment options are based on science and the experience of NCCN experts. However, their recommendations may not be right for you. Your doctors may suggest other options based on your health and other factors. If other options are given, ask your treatment team questions. Help! What do the words mean? In this book, many medical words are included. These are words that your treatment team may say to you. Most of these words may be new to you. It may be a lot to learn. Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading and review the information. Ask your treatment team to explain a word or phrase that you do not understand. Words that you may not know are defined in the text or in the Dictionary . Acronyms are also defined when first used and in the Glossary . Acronyms are short words formed from the first letters of several words. One example is DNA for d eoxyribo n ucleic a cid.