Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, affects the lymphatic system, the network of vessels and nodes that carry white blood cells. Lymphoma begins when white blood cells called lymphocytes — which are supposed to help protect the body from infection and disease — begin behaving abnormally. Abnormal lymphocytes may divide faster than normal cells or live longer than they are supposed to.
Lymphoma can develop in various areas of the body, and it often begins in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood, or other organs. There are two main types of lymphoma: Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In both types of the cancer, the lymphatic cells begin to grow abnormally, causing the lymph nodes to become larger than usual.
In most cases, Hodgkin’s lymphoma follows a more predictable pattern than non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and it often has a more limited spread, while non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas are more likely to involve many different areas of the body.
Some lymphomas have high cure rates and others can be managed effectively for many years, which is one important thing to keep in mind if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with this form of cancer.
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