My father in law passed away earlier this year after only being diagnsed with Lymphoma disease (non-hodgkins) for 10 months. He undersent chemo, raiotherapy but in the end his disease was too aggressive and not responding to any medication.
I am wondering if anyone knows if this disease is hereditary. I fear for my husband and the rest of his immediate family.
This is an article on risk factors for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Cancer.gov - What You Need To Know About™ Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
It is possible to inherit genetic predispositions to diseases without ever getting those diseases. If you are very worried, speak with a Genetic Counsellor [an M.D.]. There are genetic tests available for some of the genes linked to an increased probability of a specific disease. Ideally, your father-in-law's DNA should be examined to identify whether there was a specific inborn genetic error responsible for his nHD.
Genetic errors can also occur after birth; this type of error is NOT passed on to future generations.
Thank you both so much for responding. I feel a little bit better now. I guess I have been feeling very paranoid since my father-in-law passed away and all sorts of negative thoughts have been running through my head.
Hello...I am a survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and so my first question was "Will my kids have a chance of getting this?" My doctor says that this is not hereditary as some cancers are. They think that it may be linked to a pesticide or a solvent. Try not to worry so much...good luck