Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The facts of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Lucy is doing ok and she's staying positive about fighting this disease and we're going to kick its *ss. (I wrote the actual word when I first published this but my mom made me put the * in there because it was "inappropriate". Lame.)

But I have had a lot of people ask me to explain non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and how it is affecting Lucy.

So I found this great article on www.cancer.org that might be able to answer your questions about non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

"What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body's immune system. Lymphocytes are in the lymph nodes and other lymphoid tissues (such as the spleen and bone marrow). These will be described in more detail in the section "The lymph system and lymphoid tissue."

Some other types of cancer -- lung or colon cancers, for example -- can spread to lymph tissue such as the lymph nodes or bone marrow. But cancers that start in these places and then spread to the lymph tissue are not lymphomas.

There are 2 main types of lymphomas.
Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin disease, or Hodgkin's disease) is named after Dr. Thomas Hodgkin, who first described it.
non-Hodgkin lymphoma."

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