Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer involving the white cells, or cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Although there are many different subtypes of lymphomas, they can generally be classified into one of two major categories: Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of the most curable forms of cancer.   Many patients who are treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma are cured after initial treatment.  For a small number of patients who may have a relapse of the disease, re-treatment with chemotherapy is often successful.  The most common sign of Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one or more enlarged lymph nodes but can also include fatigue, fever, night sweats, itching, and weight loss. Treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma can include chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

There are many types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) that are typically grouped into three categories based on their aggressiveness.  All arise from lymphocytes.  These categories are indolent (or low-grade), intermediate-grade, and aggressive (or high-grade).  Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas can occur at any age and are often marked by enlarged lymph nodes, fever, and weight loss.  Prognosis and treatment depend on the stage and type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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