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Extranodal Marginal Zone B-Cell Lymphoma of Mucosa-Associated Lymphatic Tissue (MALT) Type

Extranodal Marginal Zone Lymphoma of Mucosa Associated Lymphatic Tissue (MALT) can affect the gastrointestinal tract, eyes, thyroid, salivary glands, bladder, kidney, lungs, neurological system or skin.  

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include upper abdominal discomfort or local symptoms relating to where the disease occurs.

How is it treated?

MALT lymphoma is often curable when the tumour is localised. Surgery is not often a common treatment for NHL however in MALT lymphoma therapies such as surgery or radiotherapy can be curative. Patinets with more extensive disease are usually treated with single-agent chemotherapy or combination chemotherapy medicines. In a small amount of cases, this type of NHL can transform into the more aggressive diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBC)

People with gastric MALT lymphomas who are infected with bacteria called Helicobacter pylori can achieve long remission (in the majority of cases) once the infection is effectively treated with antibiotics.