- NHL Treatment
- Hodgkin's Treatment
- Clinical Trials
- Monoclonal Antibodies
Lymphoma is a general term for cancer in the lymph system. The lymph system is made up of many cells and organs, including the lymph nodes, thymus gland, spleen, and liver. This system produces B-Cells and T-Cells, which make up your body’s immune system. Since these cells travel between the lymphatic system and circulatory system while fighting infections and viruses, lymphomas are blood-related cancers.
There are two main categories of lymphomas: Hodgkin’s lymphoma (aka Hodgkin’s disease or Hodgkin lymphoma) and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHL). Hodgkin’s disease is a very specific type of cancer that involves a mutation in Reed-Sternberg cells.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas involve mutations in the body’s B-Cells and T-Cells. B-Cell Lymphomas account for over 80% of all NHL. T-Cell Lymphomas make up the rest.
Unfortunately, lymphoma doesn’t have many identifying symptoms; those that exist are also indicators for other, more common diseases. For example, typical lymphoma symptoms include:
In summary, lymphoma of any type is a systemic disease. It is treatable with generally high survival rates but the road to diagnosis, prognosis and recovery will take time and patience. We hope that these pages can help you along the way.