Lymphoma Lymphoma


Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's infection-fighting or immune system. The lymphatic system includes the lymph nodes (lymph glands), spleen, thymus gland and bone marrow. Lymphoma can affect all those areas as well as other organs throughout the body. Many types of lymphoma exist. The main subtypes are Hodgkin's lymphoma (formerly called Hodgkin's disease) and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Symptoms of lymphoma are as below:

  • Persistent fatigue
  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin 
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Itchy skin 

Causes: The actual cause is unknown, but risk factors that come into play are:

  • Genetic disorders
  • Old age
  • Gender
  • Race, ethnicity, and geography
  • Family history
  • Exposure to certain chemicals and drugs
  • Radiation exposure
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Autoimmune diseases

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you live a normal life after lymphoma?

It takes time, but most people adjust well to life after a diagnosis of lymphoma. This might involve making some healthy changes to your everyday life.

What are the side effects of these treatments?

Treatment destroys lymphoma cells, but it can also damage healthy cells, causing unwanted 'side effects'. These are usually temporary and can be managed with a coordinated care plan. Some of the more common side effects of lymphoma treatments are:

Different factors affect which side effects you have. Talk to your provider in detail about the management of these potential side effects. 


What can I expect with treatment outcomes?

Treatments have advanced over time, and many people positively well after treatment. Your doctor will talk to you in detail about your treatment plan. Your overall treatment plan depends on:

  • The kind of lymphoma you have
  • How far cancer has spread
  • Your age
  • The type of treatment you get
  • What other health problems you may have