Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Lymphoma Non-Hodgkin Overview

Another name for Lymphoma Non-Hodgkin is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
A person with non-Hodgkin lymphoma has abnormal cells in the lymph nodes or spleen that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The exact cause for non-Hodgkin lymphoma is unknown, but gene abnormalities and viral infection may play a role. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is rare in those under 50 years of age. Roughly 90% of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas are a B cell lymphoma.

What are the symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
Initial symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include fatigue, fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, and lymph node swelling in the neck, groin, and under the arms. Additional symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include excessive sweating, night sweats, chest pain, abdominal pain, pale skin, weight loss, and frequent upper respiratory infections.

How does the doctor treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
Treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgical removal of the spleen.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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