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While many cancer doctors see only a couple of cases of this rare type of lymphoma during their entire careers, we treat hundreds each year. This experience is backed by a long history of developing treatments for lymphomas. And we are leading toward the future by investigating new ways to treat and diagnose Waldenström's, including targeted and biologic therapies that are available at a handful of places in this country.
Waldenström's macroglobulinemia is a chronic type of lymphoma that may be treated over an extended period of time. At MD Anderson, you are followed closely by a team of experts that includes physicians of several specialties, nurses, dietitians, social workers and many other specially trained support specialists. They collaborate closely and personalize your care to fit your unique situation.
Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about Waldenström's macroglobulinemia, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.
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September 12, 2016
For James Noble (known as “J.R.”), the first signs of trouble came in October 2013.
At the end of each workday, the normally high-energy general manager began leaving his job at Pappadeaux exhausted.
“My dad didn’t come home with work stories anymore,” notes his daughter, Gloria. “Instead, he came home to rest. And that is not his style.”
Even so, J.R.’s daily fatigue didn’t set off any alarms initially. “At first...