Review: Introduction to Lymphoma

Here is what we have learned from Introduction to Lymphoma:

  • Lymphoma consists of two main groups of lymphatic disease: Hodgkin lymphoma and the non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
  • Hodgkin lymphoma tends to spread in a fairly orderly way from one group of lymph nodes to the next group.
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma can spread to almost any part of the body, including the liver, bone marrow, and spleen.
  • People at risk of developing lymphatic disease include those who have inherited immune deficiency disease, autoimmune disease; and HIV and age and sex are also risk factors.
  • "B" symptoms for Hodgkin lymphoma include persistent, painless swelling of lymph nodes, and unexplained fevers, tiredness, night sweats, weight loss, and itching.
  • There are many forms of NHL involving different organs; signs and symptoms vary, often depending on the areas of the body or systems affected.
  • Favorable prognostic factors for malignant lymphomas include early diagnosis, young age, and long remission.
  • Prognostic factors for Hodgkin lymphoma include cell type and presence or absence of "B" symptoms.
  • Prognostic factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma include cell type, B symptoms, mass size, age, and extranodal involvement.


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