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Lymphomahot!Tooltip 02/09/2011 Hits: 18889
Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a complex network of tubes (lymphatic vessels), glands (or lymph nodes) and other organs including the spleen. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system, or the body’s natural defence against infection. It carries white blood cells called lymphocytes, which help us to fight infection. When a person has lymphoma, some of their lymphocytes become cancerous. These cancerous lymphocytes divide in an abnormal way, or do not die off when they should. They can collect in the lymph nodes, which then grow to form tumours. Lymphoma usually starts in the lymph nodes but it can affect other parts of the body. It is quite common for lymphoma to affect the bone marrow. It can also affect the gut, the skin, or the liver. The cause of lymphoma is not known, but some forms of lymphoma are more common in people with reduced immunity for example, people who have taken drugs to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ or people with HIV or AIDS.