What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

Also known as: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, lymphoma

There are two broad types of lymphomas; Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. They grow in different ways and they respond to treatment differently.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is an uncommon type of cancer in children. It starts in the body’s lymphatic system (lymphocyte cells) which are part of the body’s defenses against infections (immunity). Lymphocytes are found in lymphoid tissue which includes lymph nodes and organs like the adenoids/tonsils, spleen, thymus and bone marrow.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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