Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that can strike at any age. Some of the initial warning signs of the disease are often larger than normal lymph nodes, fever, and weight loss. There are several different types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas can be divided into aggressive (or fast-growing) types or indolent (or slow-growing) types. They can be formed from either B-cells or T-cells. B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas include Burkitt lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, immunoblastic large cell lymphoma, precursor B-lymphoblastic lymphoma, and mantle cell lymphoma. T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas include mycosis fungoides, anaplastic large cell lymphoma, and precursor T-lymphoblastic lymphoma. Lymphomas that occur after bone marrow or stem cell transplantation are usually B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.
This scientific explanation does little to comfort those living with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or their family, friends, and caregivers. Although prognosis and treatment depend on the stage and type of disease, it’s been estimated that there will be 65,540 new cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosed and 20,210 will be deaths caused by the cancer in the United States in 2010.
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