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LymphomaLymphoma is cancer that occurs in the cells of the lymphatic system (immune system), a network of lymph nodes and lymph vessels that carry lymph fluid, nutrients, and waste throughout tissues and the bloodstream. The spleen, bone marrow and thymus gland are also apart of the lymphatic system.
Two main types of lymphoma are:
SymptomsNon-Hodgkin's lymphoma symptoms may include: Hodgkin's disease symptoms may include: If you or your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
Causes & PreventionThe causes for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease are unknown. Reducing the spread of AIDS can help prevent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Risk FactorsYou are at a greater risk for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma if you: You are at a greater risk for Hodgkin's disease if you:
DiagnosisDuring physical exams, lymph nodes are examined and monitored. You doctor may prescribe antibiotics to see if the lymph node swelling reduces. If the node stays large in size, your doctor may take a biopsy so that a pathologist can examine the lymph tissue under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present and the type of lymphoma.
StagingIf lymphoma is diagnosed and before treatment begins, additional test are performed to determine the stage of the cancer and to see if it has spread to other parts of the body.
TreatmentsMemorialCare’s experienced team of oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and surgeons conduct roundtable discussions (tumor boards) of newly diagnosed patients to make recommendations for the best course of treatment.
For non-Hodgkin's lymphoma:For Hodgkin's disease: