Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma - About
Other Names: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, NHL and 'Lymphoma'.
A lymphoma is a cancer that affects the lymph tissues found in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, adenoids and tonsils, stomach and the intestinal tract.
Lymphomas are primarily categorized into two main types -Hodgkins Lymphoma and Non -Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Hodgkins Lymphoma (HL), was first identified as a new disease by Dr. Thomas Hodgkin in 1832. All other lymphomas are grouped as non-Hodgkins lymphomas.
Although the disease has the potential to develop in any part of the body, they are usually initiated in the lymph nodes, neck, armpit or groin. Due to the connections between the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the lymphocytes, lymphomas may first arise in the brain or CNS, not necessarily due to metastasis. The malignant cells then reach out to the other lymph nodes through the lymphatic system. They further spread to other organs through the bloodstream.
Certain categories of NHLs bear a semblance to certain leukemias such as the
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