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Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system. This network of nodes, glands, and vessels moves white blood cells called lymphocytes around the body to fight infection.
A tumor can begin in several places because lymph tissue is throughout the body.
There are two types of lymphoma:
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The most common symptom of lymphoma is swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin.
Other common symptoms include:
To diagnose lymphoma, your child's care team may use:
A biopsy is required to diagnose lymphoma.
Treatment depends on:
The most common treatment is chemotherapy.
Other treatments may include:
The 5-year survival rate for Hodgkin lymphoma in the United States is more than 95%.
The 5-year survival rate for childhood non-Hodgkin lymphoma ranges from about 70% to more than 90%.
Reviewed: December 2022