Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system (the tissues and organs that produce, store and carry white blood cells). Hodgkin's disease is one type of lymphoma. It develops in white blood cells, which help the body fight disease.

All other lymphomas are grouped together and are called non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). They develop in other parts of the lymphatic system, including the bone marrow, spleen, thymus and lymph nodes and can then spread to other organs.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is the fifth most common type of cancer (not including skin cancer) in the United States today. Over 66,000 adults and children will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma this year. Over 95 percent of those cases will be adults around 60 years of age. Men have a slightly higher risk than women, although the numbers of women being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has recently been increasing. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is more common in whites than African Americans or Asian Americans.

At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, our goal is to treat Lymphoma by developing a customized plan for each patient based on his or her unique needs.

Using a comprehensive team approach, we work together to give you customized care that includes the most-advanced diagnostic methods and treatments. Our highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff provide excellent and compassionate medical care, education and support to meet your needs throughout and after treatment.

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Risk Factors

Cancer risk factors include exposure to chemicals or other substances, as well as certain behaviors. They also include things people cannot control, like age and family history.

Lymphoma risk factors


Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

Lymphoma symptoms


Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select the treatment for lymphoma based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Lymphoma treatment