For most patients, the cause of Lymphoma is unknown. However, lymphomas may develop in people with weakened immune systems. For example, after an organ transplant. There are two main forms of the disease - Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is grouped, or staged, according to how fast the cancer spreads. The cancer may be low grade, intermediate grade or high grade. Burkitt's tumor is an example of a high-grade lymphoma. There are many different types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a malignancy (cancer) of lymph tissue found in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, and bone marrow. This is commonly referred to as Hodgkin's disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, a person has a 1 in 50 chance of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Most of the time, this cancer affects adults. However, children can get some forms of CLL. High-risk groups include those who have received an organ transplant or who have a weakened immune system (immunosuppression). The cancer is more common in men than women.
Learn More About: