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What is Lymphoma?

Lymphoma Explained

Lymphoma is cancer that claims many lives, both in America and around the world. The numbers speak the truth. In America alone, approximately 74,000 new diagnoses of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last year. Only 3.3% of all cancer patients have Lymphoma in America. However, it attacks various critical parts of your body.

What is Lymphoma?

The medical community considers Lymphoma to be cancer that develops in your white -T cells. These cells fight any infections that you may develop. Your bone marrow makes these white blood cells, and collectively, these cells from your lymphocytic system. These white blood cells have a constant presence throughout your body since they live in your bloodstream, and they are always on the lookout for any free radicals or disease-causing cells. Your lymphatic system protects you from still being deathly ill. You have lymph nodes located near various vital organs in your body. Some of these organs are your spleen, thymus, and bone marrow. These nodes are clusters of lymphocytes and filter the fluid that is near your organs. It is called lymph fluid and often carries pathogens and bacteria, which can make you sick or even kill you!  

Your lymph nodes work overtime to produce lymphocytes whose primary responsibility is to kill off rogue bacteria, viruses, free radicals, and other cells that harm your system. They work with T and B cells to do this. Your T and B cells are referred to as ‘killer cells’ for this reason.

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