The lymphatic system, an important part of your immune system, is a network of vessels (tubes) and glands (called lymph nodes) that allow waste, toxins and other unwanted substances to leave your organs. White blood cells that fight infections and promote healing circulate throughout the lymphatic system. Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. It arises when white blood cells, called lymphocytes, reproduce rapidly and uncontrollably, for no useful purpose.
There are two primary categories of lymphoma: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Together, these account for more than half of all diagnosed blood cancer cases in the United States. Lymphomas are the third most common cancer for children under the age of 14, and the most common cancer for children ages 15 to 19. Though a diagnosis of cancer is never good news, lymphoma is one that can be treated. Effective treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and other targeted therapies.
Yale medical professionals and support teams are available around the clock to answer questions and provide solutions to issues that arise before, during and following treatment. Our goal is to listen to patients and their families and provide the best care for people with cancer.