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Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that develops when white blood cells called lymphocytes grow out of control. Lymphocytes are part of your immune system. They travel around your body in your lymphatic system, helping you fight infections. Your lymphatic system runs throughout your body, similar to your blood circulatory system, carrying a fluid called lymph. The fluid passes through lymph nodes (glands), which are spread throughout your body.
If you have lymphoma, your lymphocytes divide in an abnormal way or do not die when they should. The abnormal lymphocytes build up, usually in lymph nodes in your armpits, neck or groin. However, they can collect in almost any part of your body.
The symptoms of lymphoma depend on where the lymphoma starts, what parts of your body it affects, and what type of lymphoma it is. There are over 60 different types, broadly grouped into Hodgkin lymphomas and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Non-Hodgkin lymphomas are further grouped depending on whether they are slow-growing (described as ‘low-grade’) or fast-growing (‘high-grade’). Different types of lymphoma behave differently and need different treatment.
We carry out advanced treatments and provide exceptional haematology care for managing a range of blood disorders.
Receiving care at Nova means you will have a dedicated team of experts with you every step of the way, looking after your physical and emotional wellbeing.
The most appropriate treatment for each individual depends on the type of cancer involved, how advanced and aggressive it is, and the general health of the patient. While some slow-developing cancers may require nothing more than a ‘watch and wait’ approach, most commonly chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or a combination of both is given to attack and destroy cancerous cells.
For patients with advanced cancer, or in cases where the traditional approach has been unsuccessful, a stem cell or bone marrow transplant may be required.