Lymphoma

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Lymphoma Awareness Month: September

 

Lymphoma is cancer that starts in the lymphatic system and then spreads to the rest of the body. Many cancers begin in other organs and then spread to the lymph nodes, but those cancers which begin in the lymph nodes and tissues are referred to as Lymphoma.

 

Lymphoma is described as being either "Hodgkin Lymphoma" or "Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma." Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is sometimes also referred to as 'lymphoma.' The type of lymphoma is determined based on examination of cancer tissues. Because each type of cancer acts and reacts very differently, they are often treated as completely separate diseases.

 

*Sources: American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/non-hodgkinlymphoma/detailedguide/non-hodgkin-lymphoma-what-is-non-hodgkin-lymphoma

 

Cancer that begins in cells of the immune system. There are two basic categories of lymphomas. One kind is Hodgkin lymphoma, which is marked by the presence of a type of cell called the Reed-Sternberg cell. The other category is non-Hodgkin lymphomas, which includes a large, diverse group of cancers of immune system cells.

 

Non-Hodgkin lymphomas can be further divided into cancers that have an indolent (slow-growing) course and those that have an aggressive (fast-growing) course. These subtypes behave and respond to treatment differently. Both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas can occur in children and adults, and prognosis and treatment depend on the stage and the type of cancer.

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