What Is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?

By Bernhard, Blythe | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), November 15, 2015 | Go to article overview

What Is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?


Bernhard, Blythe, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system cells that can grow in the blood, lymph nodes, bone marrow, tonsils, spleen and tissue in other parts of the body.

The two main types are Hodgkin lymphoma (named for the British doctor who discovered it) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which UM football coach Gary Pinkel was diagnosed with in May.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is more common, and can be considered aggressive or slow-growing based on the subtype of the cancer. The initial symptoms can be generic and include swollen lymph nodes, fever, night sweats and weight loss. Treatments and prognosis are dependent on the stage of the cancer at diagnosis.

A PET scan is taken to determine the staging of the cancer based on the activity and amount of cancer cells. Pinkel said he was diagnosed in May, and received treatments in May and June. …

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