Non Hodgkin Lymphoma Research Paper

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NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA 2 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is cancer that starts in the cells of the immune system. This type of cancer begins when a lymphocyte, usually a B cell, becomes abnormal. Since it is a cell, it divides over and over again, thus creating more and more abnormal cells. This creates a build-up of abnormal cells, and forms a mass of tissue, known as a tumor. Lymphoma is not contagious, so there is no worry about catching it from another person (National Cancer Institute, 2008). There are specific risk factors that if a person has, it increases their chance of developing the disease. A weakened immune system is the most commonly seen among people that develop Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). Most often, the weakened immune system is caused by something that was inherited, or by certain drugs that are used after an organ transplant. Some other risk factors include infections such as AIDS, EBV, H. pylori, HTLV-1, and Hepatitis C. The chance of developing this disease increases with age, though the disease can occur in any age (National Cancer Institute, 2008). There are several symptoms that people experience when they have NHL. Some of the most common symptoms include:…show more content…
Stage I is when lymphoma cells are in one lymph node group, or in one part of an organ or tissue. Stage II has lymphoma cells in at least two lymph node groups on the same side of the diaphragm, or the lymphoma cells are in one part of an organ and the lymph nodes are near that organ. Stage III is when the lymphoma is in lymph nodes both above and below the diaphragm. Stage IV has lymphoma cells in several parts of one or more organs or tissues. And recurrent stage is when the disease returns after treatment has ended. There are also 2 letter groups; A-if you have had no weight loss, sweats or fevers, and B-of you have had those symptoms (National Cancer Institute,

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