Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, the body's disease-fighting network. The lymphatic system includes the lymph nodes (lymph glands), spleen, thymus gland and bone marrow. Lymphoma can affect all those areas as well as other organs throughout the body.

Many types of lymphoma exist, with the two main types being Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. What lymphoma treatment is best for you depends on your lymphoma type, the severity of your lymphoma and your preferences. Lymphoma treatment may involve chemotherapy, medications, radiation therapy or a stem cell transplant.

  • Teamwork. At Mayo Clinic, specialists in hematology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, transplant, dermatology, pediatrics and other specialties work together to treat lymphoma. Mayo's integrated group practice gives people with lymphoma rapid access to the expertise needed to treat their condition.
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic hematologists have extensive experience treating all types of lymphoma, including common forms and rare types of lymphoma.
  • Access to latest research. Mayo Clinic is a leader in lymphoma research. Mayo Clinic's role in lymphoma research provides access to the latest treatments, including clinical trials to test new therapies for the disease.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Types

Many types of lymphoma exist. What type of lymphoma you have helps determine your treatment options.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which includes:

  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia and the related small lymphocytic lymphoma
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, which occurs in two main types, mycosis fungoides and Sezary syndrome
  • Follicular lymphoma
  • Marginal zone lymphoma
  • Peripheral T-cell lymphoma
  • Mantle cell lymphoma
  • Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma
  • Burkitt lymphoma
  • Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (which includes Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia)

Hodgkin's lymphoma (formerly called Hodgkin's disease), which includes:

  • Classic Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin's lymphoma

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Specialists in hematology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona oversee the care of people with lymphoma. Other specialists may be involved in your care, as needed.

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Specialists in hematology at Mayo Clinic in Florida oversee the care of people with lymphoma. Other specialists may be involved in your care, as needed.

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Specialists in hematology at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota oversee the care of people with lymphoma. Other specialists may be involved in your care, as needed.

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Mayo Clinic is a leader in lymphoma research. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated Mayo Clinic a comprehensive cancer center and helps fund Mayo's lymphoma research through a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant. Mayo applies that research to developing more effective and less toxic treatments for all forms of lymphoma. Mayo Clinic conducts many clinical trials to test new therapies for the disease.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on lymphoma on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Jun. 27, 2013