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Childhood Lymphoma

Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic system, a series of olive-sized nodes that produce lymph, a fluid that carries disease-fighting white blood cells (lymphocytes) throughout the body. There are two types of lymphocytes affected by lymphoma: T cells and B cells, although B cell lymphomas are much more common.

There are several types of lymphoma, classified by how the cells appear under a microscope. Hodgkin's lymphoma, discovered in 1832, is classified separately. 

The other types are known as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), or simply lymphoma.

Childhood lymphomas are also classified by how fast they spread: 

Low-grade (indolent) lymphomas progress very slowly, but tend to be more widespread in the body. 

Intermediate (aggressive) and high-grade lymphomas spread more quickly, but usually respond well to intensive treatment. These lymphomas are more common in children.

If your child has been diagnosed with lymphoma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

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Childhood Lymphoma Facts

There are many types of lymphoma, but some are much more common in children: 

Hodgkin's Lymphoma (HL) mostly occurs in adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 35. It's slightly more common in males and tends to be more aggressive in older patients.

Burkitt's Lymphoma (BL) is an aggressive, fast-moving cancer affecting B cell lymphocytes. It is quite rare in the U.S., but much more common in countries near the equator, particularly Africa and South America.

Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (LBL) mostly affects T cell lymphocytes and is similar to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It makes up about one-third of all childhood NHL, and is more common in boys.

Large Cell Lymphoma (LCL) includes two subtypes: diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) mostly affects pre-adolescent and teenaged children; and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is more common in adolescents.

If your child has been diagnosed with lymphoma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.


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