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What is Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

What is Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: A type of lymphoma, a cancer affecting lymph nodes and the immune system.
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Distinct from Hodgkin's lymphoma both morphologically and biologically, NHL lymphoma is characterized by the absence of Reed-Sternberg cells, can occur at any age, and usually presents as a localized or generalized lymphadenopathy associated with fever and weight loss. The clinical course varies according to the morphologic type. NHL is clinically classified as indolent, aggressive, or having a variable clinical course. NHL can be of B-or T-/NK-cell lineage. --2003
    Source - Diseases Database

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Introduction

Types of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

Types of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

Broader types of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

How many people get Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Incidence (annual) of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: 53,900 annual cases in USA (SEER 2002 estimate)
Incidence Rate of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: approx 1 in 5,046 or 0.02% or 53,900 people in USA [about data]
Lifetime risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: 1 in 88 women will develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma during their lifetime in Australia 2000 (AIHW and AACR, AIHW National Mortality Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

Who gets Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Patient Profile for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: More common in older adults.

Gender Profile for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: More common in men.

Gender Profile for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: more common in men than in women. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: NCI)

How serious is Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Complications of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: see complications of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Average life years lost for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: 14.8 years (SEER)1
Deaths for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: 22,802 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001)

What causes Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Causes of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: see causes of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Risk factors for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: see risk factors for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

What are the symptoms of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: see symptoms of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Complications of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: see complications of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Can anyone else get Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Contagion of cancer: generally not; see details in contagion of cancer.
More information: see contagiousness of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Hematologist, Oncologist, Radiation oncologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Treatments for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: see treatments for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Research for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: see research for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Society issues for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma


Hospitalization statistics for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

  • 0.068% (8,683) of hospital consultant episodes were for follicular non-Hodgkin’s disease in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 96% of hospital consultant episodes for required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for follicular non-Hodgkin’s disease were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for follicular non-Hodgkin’s disease were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10% of hospital consultant episodes for required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7.2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for follicular non-Hodgkin’s disease in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for follicular non-Hodgkin’s disease in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

Organs and body systems related to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma include:

Name and Aliases of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Main name of condition: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Class of Condition for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: cancer

Other names or spellings for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

NHL, NHL (generic term), Non-Hodgkin malignant lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin malignant lymphoma (generic term)

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:



Footnotes:
1. SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2000, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
 

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