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Lymphoma

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Specialized care for lymphoma

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that starts in the lymphocytes, which are a kind of white blood cell. Normally, these cells help you fight infections, but cancerous lymphocytes don’t work as they should. They can spread through your lymphatic system—which includes your lymph nodes, thymus, spleen and a network of lymph vessels.

The two main categories of lymphoma cancer are non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma. According to the National Cancer Institute, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma makes up about 4% of all cancers. Less than 1% of cancers are Hodgkin lymphoma.

From questions about your lymphoma cancer to navigating treatment, we’re here to help. No matter where you are in your lymphoma fight, our patient navigators can connect you with the care you need.

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Why Baylor Scott & White for lymphoma cancer care

Our cancer care team offers you multiple specialists to diagnose, treat and fight your lymphoma. As the largest network of hospital-based cancer centers in Texas, we also offer you convenient access to lymphoma treatment options and many support services. Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has one of the nation's oldest blood and marrow transplant programs and is the first North Texas provider to offer adult commercial use of CAR-T.

When it comes to advanced care for lymphoma cancer, we never settle. Our researchers are involved in clinical trials to study innovative treatments for cancer. 

With us, you’ll have access to:

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Baylor Scott & White Health is the third largest network of cancer centers accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

Certain Baylor Scott & White Health locations are accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) for quality in cellular therapy, including blood and marrow transplantation and immunotherapies.

Types of lymphoma
There are many specific types of lymphoma cancer, but they are usually grouped into Hodgkin lymphoma or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It's important to work with a clinical team experienced in lymphoma cancers to understand your specific diagnosis and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Hodgkin lymphoma

Hodgkin lymphoma is classified by the presence of large, abnormal cells in lymphoma tissues, known as Reed-Sternberg cells. Hodgkin cells, which are larger than normal lymphocytes but smaller than Reed-Sternberg cells, are also associated with the disease.

Hodgkin lymphoma typically develops in your neck, chest or under your arms, and affects the lymphatic system. It is considered to be one of the most curable forms of cancer.

More on Hodgkin lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is categorized by abnormal cells different from those found in Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It often affects B cells, a type of white blood cell, but it can also affect T cells or natural killer cells, too.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can develop in different places throughout the body's lymphatic system. Working with an experienced medical specialist to identify your subtype of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is an important first step.

More on Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Risk factors and causes of lymphoma

Often, there isn’t a clear cause when you develop lymphoma.

Doctors are still working to understand all of the reasons why lymphoma occurs. But some factors are known to put you more at risk for the condition.

Lymphoma risk factors include:

  • Current or past infections, such as Epstein-Barr virus or HIV
  • Exposure to radiation, certain chemicals or chemo
  • Family history
  • Being male
  • Having an autoimmune disease
  • A weakened immune system due to transplant or medication
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Lymphoma symptoms

Because lymphoma can start in many places in the body, it may cause a variety of signs and symptoms. And many of the common lymphoma symptoms could also be caused by another reason other than cancer.

Some signs of lymphoma include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Fevers
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Infecciones recurrentes
  • Easily bruising or bleeding
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Diagnosing lymphoma

Often, when a person has symptoms of lymphoma, they’ll notice swollen lymph nodes. These could be in your neck, groin or under your arms. Your doctor may order a lymph node biopsy to check for signs of lymphoma cancer.

During a biopsy as part of a lymphoma diagnosis, your doctor may remove the entire lymph node for testing. In the lab, the tissue from your lymph node is examined. This helps identify cancer, including your specific type.

After a lymphoma diagnosis, we’ll make sure you know your next steps. Connect with your local patient navigator to get started.

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Find lymphoma care

Our network of cancer centers, hospitals and cancer specialists offer you access to lymphoma treatment in both North and Central Texas. Get started by finding a cancer care location near you.

*Certain treatments may not be available at every location. Your cancer care team will work to create a treatment plan convenient for you.
  • Cancer hates believers

    Sharon | Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

    For Sharon, faith is everything, especially her faith in people. With her nurse navigator by her side every step of the way, Sharon had support and confidence to defeat lymphoma.

Lymphoma support

We’re here to support your well-being throughout your lymphoma care. Our support groups and events let you connect with others who understand your lymphoma journey.

Our resource centers and patient navigators can answer your questions and arm you with knowledge. And our survivorship program stands with you even after your lymphoma treatment is over.

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