The lymphatic system is part of the immune system which defends the body against infection. A clear fluid called lymph flows through the lymph vessels and it contains white blood cells called lymphocytes.
Lymphoma is a general name for cancer of the tissue of the lymphatic system where there is a large number of abnormal clones of lymphocytes causing swelling of lymph nodes or involvement of other organs.
This can disrupt the immune system and reduce a person’s ability to fight infections. The lymph nodes can also become swollen, forming painless lumps or tumours.
Most lymphoma patients do not have any known risk factors. The symptoms may be caused by a number of other unrelated medical problems and may not indicate the presence of cancer, but if any of the above symptoms persists or is bothering you, do consult your doctor for advice.
Screening for lymphoma is currently not recommended.
Treatment options for lymphoma include chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
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