What can you tell me about Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of a group of cancers called lymphomas. Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin’s disease accounts for the majority of lymphomas and is subdivided into about 60 other subtypes.

The two major subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas are B-cell lymphoma and T-cell and natural killer cell lymphoma. About 85 percent of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas are a type of B-cell lymphoma. Words like “follicle,” “mantle” and “marginal” are used to describe the areas of the lymph nodes in which the cancer cells appear to originate.

B-Cell Lymphoma Subtypes are: diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma and Burkitt lymphoma-Burkitt leukemia.

T-Cell and Natural Killer Cell Lymphoma Subtypes are: peripheral T-cell lymphoma (not otherwise specified), cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (Sezary syndrome and mycosis fungoides), anaplastic large cell lymphoma, angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma and NK-cell lymphoma.

For more information contact Courtney Britton, librarian at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at (225) 927-2273, cbritton@cancerservices.org , or visit the Education Center at 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge.

ä ON THE Internet Resources:

National Cancer Institute


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


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