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What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin (or Hodgkin's) lymphoma is a term applied to a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, the system of lymph nodes, organs, and vessels around your body that produce disease-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes. The lymphatic system consists of lymph nodes located in your armpits, abdomen, and groin, as well as your tonsils and the spleen and thymus organs. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma usually affects a particular lymphocyte known as a B-cell, but in rarer cases it can affect another lymphocyte called a T-cell.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) refers to any lymphoma other than Hodgkin lymphoma. A lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph tissue. Infection-fighting cells (white blood cells) make up most of our lymph tissue and are found throughout the body. They are concentrated in the bone marrow, spleen and lymph nodes. Treatment for NHL depends on the specific type of lymphoma but may include chemotherapy and/or radiation.

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