Facts About Jurassic Park Star Sam Neill’s Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – Symptoms

Actor Sir Sam Neill has revealed that he has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, “a ferocious type of aggressive.” In March 2022, Neil was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and thought he was “dying”. To take his mind off his life-threatening diagnosis, he wrote a memoir. Did I ever tell you this?

Discussing his illness, Neil told the BBC that the book gave him “a reason to get through the day”.

A 75-year-old man wrote that during a promotional tour for Jurassic World Dominion, he discovered lumpy glands in his neck.

When he lost his hair after his first round of chemo, Neal wrote in his memoirs that a “bald, wizened old man” looked at him in the mirror.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

The NHS explains that this type of cancer “grows in the lymphatic system,” which is a “network of vessels and glands” scattered throughout the body.

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In a healthy lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system, clear fluid flows through the lymphatic vessels.

Inside the clear fluid are infection-fighting white blood cells known as lymphocytes.

In people diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lymphocytes multiply abnormally, which means they lose their ability to fight infection.

“In the UK, more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma each year,” adds the NHS.

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Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

The “most common” symptom of the disease is a “painless swelling in a lymph node,” which may be in the neck, armpit, or groin.

The glands usually swell in response to an infection, so other signs of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may include:

  • night sweats
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Heat
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Constant itching of the skin all over the body.

There are four main stages of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, from stage one to stage four.

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Stage 1 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma refers to cancer limited to one group of lymph nodes, such as the armpits.

The second stage is diagnosed when two or more groups of lymph nodes are affected, but is present only on one side of the diaphragm.

The third stage, which Neal was diagnosed with, refers to cancer that has spread to groups of lymph nodes on both sides of the diaphragm.

As for the fourth stage, the cancer has spread beyond the lymphatic system, affecting either the organs or the bone marrow.

Chemotherapy, the treatment Neil underwent, can lead to side effects such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Dyspnea
  • Increased vulnerability to infections
  • Bleeding and bruising is easier.

Other side effects may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • mouth ulcers
  • Fatigue
  • Skin rash
  • Hair loss.

Neil is currently in remission, having decided to focus on “life”, but medical checkups will be required.

According to the NHS, “You will need regular follow-up visits to monitor your recovery and check for signs of a return of the cancer.”

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