Lymphoma Cancer

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Lymphoma cancer is a cancer disease of the lymphatic system (lymph nodes, thymus, spleen and bone marrow). American Cancer Society says there are two types of lymphoma, ie Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Hodgkin’s disease) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma begins in the lymphatic system in which the tumor develops from a type of white blood cells called lymphocytes (T cells or B cells). Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is much more common than Hodgkin’s disease.

While Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system characterized by the presence of a type of cell called the Reed-Sternberg cells (giant cells are usually derived from B lymphocytes).

Scientists do not know exactly what causes lymphoma, but has identified several potential risk factors, namely genetics and frequent exposure to carcinogens such as certain pesticides, herbicides and solvents such as benzene, hair dyes and some free radicals.

If the lymphoma is likely to grow slowly, your doctor may suggest a wait and see approach before deciding on a treatment plan. In this case, cancer treatment can sometimes be delayed for at least one year.

In most cases of Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkins, treatment options are chemotherapy, radiation, and some require a stem cell transplant

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Posted on May 29, 2012 at 6:57 am by Health Medic · Permalink
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