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What is lymphoma?

What is lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a blood cancer, which appears as a solid tumour most commonly in the lymph nodes of the neck, chest, armpit or groin.

People with lymphoma produce abnormal lymphocytes, which are one type of white blood cell. Lymphocytes are mainly found in the lymph nodes and lymphoid tissues, which make up the lymphatic system. and this is where lymphoma occurs. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that runs throughout the body carrying fluid containing important cells of the immune system.

There are two main types of lymphoma; non-Hodgkin, which is more common and Hodgkin. There are many different types of Hodgkin lymphoma that can affect any part of the lymphatic system. Hodgkin tends to affect glands in the head and neck.

Lymphoma stories

“At first I was scared that I was going to die and leave my son without his mum but as time goes on, I endeavour to live as normal a life as possible and to relish the opportunities that each day brings." - Kate Giles.

Last updated: 17/09/2014