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Overview of Lymphoma

By

Peter Martin

, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine;


John P. Leonard

, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine

Last full review/revision Jun 2020| Content last modified Jun 2020
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Lymphomas are a heterogeneous group of tumors arising in the reticuloendothelial and lymphatic systems. The major types are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (see table Comparison of Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Comparison of Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Comparison of Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma ).

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Lymphomas were once thought to be absolutely distinct from leukemias Overview of Leukemia Leukemia is a malignant condition involving the excess production of immature or abnormal leukocytes, which eventually suppresses the production of normal blood cells and results in symptoms... read more . However, better understanding of cell markers and tools used to evaluate those markers now show that the distinction between these 2 cancers is often vague. The notion that lymphoma is relatively restricted to the lymphatic system and leukemias to the bone marrow, at least in early stages, is also not always true.

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