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Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects part of the immune system (lymph system). Cells normally found in the lymph nodes, spleen, and other parts of the lymph system increase in number and collect in areas where they cause problems. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is not contagious and is not caused by an injury.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma may occur in a single lymph node, a group of lymph nodes, or an organ. It can spread to almost any part of the body, including the liver, bone marrow, and spleen.
Treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma depends on the stage of the lymphoma. It is usually treated with medicines called chemotherapy. Your doctor may also give you medicines that work on the body's immune system (immunotherapy). You may also need radiation treatments or a procedure called a bone marrow transplant. Your doctor will talk to you about what kind of treatment may be best for you.
When you find out that you have cancer, you may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
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Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 21, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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