What is large cell lymphoma?

Also known as: anaplastic large cell lymphoma, diffuse large B cell lymphoma

Large cell lymphoma is a common, fast growing group of blood cancers that affect one cell type of white blood cell called lymphocytes. These lymphocytes are classified as either T or B- types and cancers can start in either cell type. This group of large cell lymphomas are a subset of lymphomas, and are called large cell because their cells have the same types of genetic abnormalities, because the cells look big when viewed under a microscope and because they present with similar signs and symptoms.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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