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