Lymphoma

Lymphoma is the name for a group of blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. The two main types are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

Hodgkin lymphoma has characteristics that distinguish it from other diseases classified as lymphoma, including the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells. These are large, cancerous cells found in Hodgkin lymphoma tissues, named for the scientists who first identified them. Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most curable forms of cancer.

NHL represents a diverse group of diseases distinguished by the characteristics of the cancer cells associated with each disease type. Most people with NHL have a B-cell type of NHL (about 85 percent). The others have a T-cell type or an NK-cell type of lymphoma. Some patients with fast-growing NHL can be cured. For patients with slow-growing NHL, treatment may keep the disease in check for many years.

Types of Lymphoma

Hodgkin Lymphoma

Hodgkin Lymphoma Is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow Is one of the most curable forms of cancer Is named for Dr. Thomas Hodgkin, who first noted a trend of cancer cases in the lymph nodes in 1832. The disease was called Hodgkin's disease until it was officially renamed Hodgkin lymphoma in the late 20th century. Click here to access Hodgkin lymphoma statistics.   What You Should Know ...

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) Is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system Generally develops in the lymph nodes and lymphatic tissues. In some cases, NHL involves bone marrow and blood. Isn't just one disease–it's actually a diverse group of blood cancers that share a single characteristic in how they develop NHL has many different subtypes which are either indolent (slow growing) or aggress...