Leukemia & Lymphoma

Leukemia & Lymphoma

Blood cancers affect the production and function of blood cells. Most of these cancers start in bone marrow, where blood is made. The most common are leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Symptoms may include fever, night sweats, swollen glands, fatigue, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, and weight loss.

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Understanding Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma -- the Basics

Lymphoma refers to a malignancy of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes (knots of tissue) connected by vessels. Together, the lymph nodes drain fluid and waste products from the body. The lymph nodes act as tiny filters, removing foreign organisms and cells.

Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that helps fight infections caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. The lymph node function is to prevent infections from entering the bloodstream. When the lymphatic system is fighting an active infection, you may notice that some of the lymph nodes in the area of the infection become swollen and tender. This is the body’s normal reaction to an infection.

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