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What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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.

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