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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Disclaimer: This is not professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for more information.

What is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?

Map of Lymph Nodes and Lymphatic System

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops from white blood cells in the lymph nodes, known as lymphocytes. Lymph nodes are immune system reserves scattered throughout your body and joined together in what is called the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a separate highway that conjoins with your blood vessels. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma can be caused by damage to the immune cells genetically, from certain chemicals, as a result of an infection, or aging.


Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is more common than the opposing Hodgkin Lymphoma. The difference between Non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin Lymphoma is with a certain type of cell that only exists in one of the two types. The type of lymphoma is classified as Hodgkin Lymphoma when a cell, called a Reed-Sternberg cell, is present. This can be determined by an examination of lymphatic cells under a microscope.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma can develop both slowly (known as aggressive NHL) or violently (known as indolent NHL).


NHL = Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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