In this video from the Lymphoma Association, Dr. Andrew Davies, a consultant in medical oncology at the University of Southampton in the U.K., explains what lymphoma is and how it affects patients.
Dr. Davies begins by explaining what cancer is, including that lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system. He goes on to discuss how the lymphatic system works and how lymphoma affects it. Swelling of the lymph nodes is normal when the body is fighting infection (the lymph nodes in the neck may swell if you have a cold or the flu), but in lymphoma, the swelling doesn’t go down and more healthy cells become affected.
There are different types of lymphoma which are categorized by the types of cells affected. The two main subtypes being Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
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