Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) starts in lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell. There are many different types of NHL.

Risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) include a weakened immune system, autoimmune disorders and certain infections. Learn about NHL risk.

Symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The most common symptom of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is painless, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin. Learn about symptoms of NHL.

Diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) can be diagnosed or ruled out by tests such as blood tests, CT scan, PET scan and biopsy.

Grading non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Grading non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is an important part of planning treatment and estimating prognosis.

Stages of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The stage of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) describes how much cancer is in the body.

Spread of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) can spread through the lymphatic system or through the bloodstream. Learn where NHL can spread.

Prognosis and survival for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Prognosis estimates the outcome for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). It depends on many factors including stage, type of NHL and the person’s age.

Treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) depends on the type. In general, NHL can be treated with chemotherapy, targeted therapy, watchful waiting and stem cell transplant.

Supportive care for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Supportive care helps people meet the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual challenges of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is an important part of cancer care. There are many programs and services available to help meet the needs and improve the quality of life of people living with cancer and their loved ones, especially after treatment has ended.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma statistics

Cancer statistics tell us how many people in Canada are diagnosed with and die from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a certain time frame.

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