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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma vs. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

What Is Lymphoma?

The lymph system is a group of lymph vessels and nodes that transport lymph fluid to other body parts. White blood cells in these fluids help fight against infections, and lymph nodes may capture and kill viruses or bacteria. However, some risk factors may cause lymphocytes, a form of lymph cells, to become cancerous. There are more than 70 forms of lymphoma cancer, which affects different organs, especially the lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen, thymus, and bone marrow. They can be categorized into the two main types: non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin. [1]

What Is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

Hodgkin’s lymphoma begins in the lymphatic system. More specifically, this form originates in white blood cells, which protect the body from foreign invaders, such as infections and germs. In those with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, these cells may grow uncontrollably and spread to other organs. When the condition progresses, it affects the immune system’s ability to fight infections. There are two types of Hodgkin’s lymphoma: nodular lymphocytic predominant and classic. They are different in the types of cells causing the disease and their behavior. [2]