Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Lymphoma Non-Hodgkin Underlying Cause

The exact cause for non-Hodgkin lymphoma is unknown, but gene abnormalities and viral infection may play a role in some types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Genes control the functions inside a cell. Special genes control how cells divide and grow. Cancer occurs when the damaged genes stimulate the cell to multiply out of control. The exact cause for this damage is unknown.


  • DNA
  • Genes on chromosomes
  • Cancer cells
  • Cancer cell division

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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