What parts of the body does AIDS-related lymphoma affect?

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AIDS-related lymphomas are cancers that affect your lymph system, which is widespread throughout your body. For example, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - the most common AIDS-related lymphoma found in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - typically begins in your lymph nodes and may appear in your spleen, bone marrow, and other tissues where lymphocytes (certain white blood cells) are found. Another type of AIDS-related lymphoma, known as primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, develops in your spinal cord and brain.

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AIDS-Related Lymphoma

AIDS-Related Lymphoma

Individuals with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, have a substantially higher risk of developing lymphoma, a cancer that begins in the immune system. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma develops in approximately 3% to 4% of people with acqu...

ired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Doctors mark the development of this cancer as one of the defining AIDS symptoms. AIDS-related lymphoma damages the lymph system, which helps carry white blood cells through the body to fight infections. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment for AIDS-related lymphoma with expert advice from Sharecare.
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