The lymph system is part of the immune system and is made up of the following: Lymph: Colorless, watery fluid that travels through the lymph system and carries white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes protect the body against infections and the growth of tumors. Lymph vessels: A network of thin tubes that collect lymph from different parts of the body and return it to the bloodstream. Lymph nodes: Small, bean-shaped structures that filter substances in lymph and help fight infection and disease. Lymph nodes are located along the network of lymph vessels found throughout the body. Clusters of lymph nodes are found in the underarm, pelvis, neck, abdomen, and groin. Spleen: An organ that produces lymphocytes, filters the blood, stores blood cells, and destroys old blood cells. It is located on the left side of the abdomen near the stomach. Thymus: An organ in which lymphocytes grow and multiply. The thymus is in the chest behind the breastbone. Tonsils: Two small masses of lymph tissue at the back of the throat. The tonsils produce lymphocytes. Bone marrow: The soft, spongy tissue in the center of large bones. Bone marrow produces white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Because lymph tissue is found throughout the body, adult non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can begin in almost any part of the body. Cancer can spread to the liver and many other organs and tissues. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can occur in both adults and children. Treatment for children, however, is different than treatment for adults. (Refer to the PDQ summary on Childhood Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Treatment for more information.)


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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Swollen, painless lymph nodes in your neck, armpit or groin areas are often the only sign of non-Hodgkin''s lymphoma in its early stages. Other signs and symptoms may include: Fever Night sweats Fatig...
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... Normally, your white blood cells (lymphocytes) go through a predictable life cycle. Old lymphocytes die, and your body creates new ones to replace them. But in non-Hodgkin''s lymphoma, your body produ...
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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Treatment

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... Several factors affect the choice of treatment, including the type and stage of your lymphoma, your age and your overall condition. The main treatment options include: Chemotherapy. Doctors use a comb...
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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Support

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Coping skills
... A diagnosis of cancer can be extremely challenging. Remember that no matter what your concerns or prognosis, you''re not alone. These strategies and resources may make dealing with cancer easier: Know...
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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Other

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Donor Leukocyte Infusion
... Over the past 25 years, bone marrow transplantation has increased cure and long-term survival rates for patients diagnosed with leukemia and other blood disorders. Nonetheless, many patients who succe...
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Adult Non-Hodgkin''s Lymphoma
... Adult non-Hodgkin''s lymphoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lymph system. The lymph system is part of the immune system and is made up of the following: Lymph: Colorless, ...
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