There are two common types of lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Both are cancers of the lymphatic system.
There are two main types of Hodgkin's lymphoma: classical and nodular lymphocyte-predominant. Most people have classical Hodgkin's lymphoma, which has four subtypes:
- Nodular sclerosing Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Mixed cellularity Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Lymphocyte depleted Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Lymphocyte-rich classical Hodgkin's lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is more common and has many different subtypes. The most common non-Hodgkin's lymphoma subtypes include diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma.
In Hodgkin's lymphoma, cells grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system—the disease-fighting network spread throughout your body. The ability to fight infection is compromised as the disease progresses.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is cancer that originates in your lymphatic system. In non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, tumors (abnormal growth of cells) develop from lymphocytes—a type of white blood cell.
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