Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a malignant tumor of the lymphoid tissue. It involves the lymphocytes (white blood cells), lymph glands and spleen (a large lymph gland). It can affect all ages, but is most common in men in their 40’s. It occurs more commonly than Hodgkin's disease.
Causes of Lymphoma, Non-hodgkin's
The etiology of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is unknown. Research suggests a virus infection or suppression of the immune system, particularly after organ transplantation. One type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, called Burkitt’s lymphoma, may be caused by the Epstein-Barr virus.
Signs and Symptoms of Lymphoma, Non-hodgkin's
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma produces painless lumps that occur in the neck, armpit or groin. The lumps are firm and rubbery. Weight loss occurs together with a general ill feeling. Anemia commonly develops. This can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, rapid heart rate and exercise intolerance. Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract can result in black, tarry stools. Jaundice - yellowing of the skin and eyes, may develop.
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