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Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer in the lymphatic system. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 65, 980 new cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009. NHL is the third most common cancer in childhood.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma causes the cells in the lymphatic system to abnormally reproduce, eventually causing tumors to grow. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma cells can also spread to other organs.

There are several types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which are classified by how quickly they spread.

What causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

No specific cause has been identified.

Treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma:

Specific treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma will be determined by your physician based on:

  • your age, overall health, and medical history
  • extent of the disease
  • your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • expectations for the course of the disease
  • your opinion or preference