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A Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system.

Typically, lymphoma is present as a solid tumor of lymphoid cells.

There are two main types of lymphoma: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (also called Hodgkin’s Disease) and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Both types develop in the lymphocytes or white blood cells that are an important part of the body’s immune system.

The two types have similarities, but there are definite distinctions.

Lymphocytes have two main cell types: B cells or T cells. With lymphoma, either the B cell or the T cell becomes abnormal.

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that occurs when B or T lymphocytes, the white blood cells that form a part of the immune system and help protect the body from infection and disease, divide faster than normal cells or live longer than they are supposed to.

Lymphoma may develop in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood or other organs and eventually they form a tumor.

Typically, lymphoma presents as a solid tumor of lymphoid cells. Treatment might involve chemotherapy and in some cases, radiotherapy and/or bone marrow transplantation, and lymphomas can be curable depending on the histology, type, and stage of the disease.

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