What is lymphoma? It is a type of cancer that affects the body's lymphatic system, or lymph nodes. The body’s lymphatic system is designed to produce cells that fight off infections and other diseases.
Are there different types of lymphoma? The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Hodgkin lymphoma is characterized by the presence of large cancerous cells know as "Reed-Sternberg cells" in the lymphatic system. Most forms of Hodgkin lymphoma are highly curable.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a diverse group of blood cancers that develop in the lymph nodes or lymphatic tissue. Treatment for each type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma differs, so determining the extact type of lymphoma is important.
What does University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care offer? Our blood cancer experts specialize in treating lymphomas. Our team includes hematology/oncology experts, blood and marrow transplant experts, pharmacists with expertise in chemotherapy and drug interactions, radiation therapists, surgeons, nutritionists, physician and occupational therapists, and social workers.