What is relapsed or refractory Follicular Lymphoma?
Some people may respond well to their first treatment but after a period of time, their disease returns, this is known as relapse. Or sometimes they don’t respond well to their first treatment this is known as refractory disease. For patients who have relapsed Follicular Lymphoma (FL), there are a number other treatments that your oncologist/haematologist will consider. Although relapse is common it is upsetting. Most people with FL relapse several times and have different treatments during the time course of their illness.
Typical signs of a relapse
Typical signs of a relapse include symptoms similar to when you were diagnosed such as new rapidly growing nodes or B symptoms such as night sweats, fevers and weight loss. Relapse is most likely to happen within the first 2 years after treatment. As time goes on, relapse generally becomes less likely.
Although many patients can have a remission that lasts many years after their initial treatment for Follicular Lymphoma (FL) – the disease will return. In a small number of cases FL can become more acute or transform (change). If this is the case we have outlined different treatment options below.