Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects the white blood cells called lymphocytes, which reproduce and enlarge in an abnormal manner. There are two main types of lymphoma; Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which are each separated into numerous subdivisions according to their characteristics. Cancerous lymphocytes tend to manifest first in the lymph nodes, which become swollen, but can appear in several other body parts, such as the spleen, bone marrow, blood and other internal organs, creating a cancerous mass.
Non-Hodgkin’s tumors are the most common ones and can develop in either the B-cells or T-cells, which determines the type of lymphoma. Mantle cell lymphoma is among the rarest kind of B-cell lymphoma and it mostly affects senior men. It is also usually an aggressive and fast growing type of cancer, and it comprises about five percent of the total cases of non-Hodgkin lymphomas.
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