Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or NHL, is a cancer of the immune system. NHL occurs in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. These cells are an important part of your immune system and help defend your body from infection.
When you have NHL, too many white blood cells that are affected by the disease build up in your lymph nodes, blood and bone marrow. They may also build up in your spleen (an organ in your immune system) and cause swelling of this organ.
There are many different types of NHL. They are divided into 2 main categories:
The 2 most common types of NHL are follicular lymphoma, which is indolent, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), which is aggressive.
Store white blood cells and help remove harmful substances from the body.
Helps the body fight infection. Filters damaged blood cells, bacteria, and cell waste out of the blood.
Makes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
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