I've heard people survive to five years, but does lymphoma eventually get them? I've been making plans, but if I don't have much time left, I want to get some things done, even if I have to not do other things. What's the chance of surviving this? I have stage IIB, large B cell diffuse lymphoma. Thanks for your honesty.
Your disease is potentially curable. That means cured, free of disease, done with it forever. Not all are cured unfortunately. There is something called an International Prognostic Index (IPI) which your oncologist will be familiar with. Your IPI score gives a good assessment of chances of complete response to therapy and also survival. It requires more than just stage- also age, LDH, performance status, extranodal sites involved.
You need to plan on being cured but be prepared if you are not.