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.
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Anyone can get a blood cancer at any age. Around 30,000 people, from babies to grandparents, are diagnosed with blood cancer every year in the UK.