The lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system It begins when healthy cells in the lymphatic system change and grow out of control.
This uncontrolled growth can form a tumor and affect many parts of the lymphatic system or spread to other parts of the body.
Your lymphatic system is part of your immune system. Helps protect your body from infection and disease.
The lymphatic system is made up of tissues and organs that produce, store, and transport white blood cells. It includes:
- Bone marrow
- lymph nodes
- Lymphatic vessels
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of the main types of lymphoma. The other is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Each type starts at different types of white blood cells.
Worldwide, during 2020, more than 83,000 new cases and 23,000 deaths from Hodgkin lymphoma were registered. In Mexico, during that year, more than 2,200 cases and 610 deaths from this type of cancer were recorded.
Hodgkin lymphoma most often affects the lymph nodes in the neck or the area between the lungs and behind the breastbone. It can also start in lymph node groups under an arm, in the groin, or in the abdomen or pelvis.
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There are multiple types of Hodgkin lymphoma. Your type is based on the characteristics of the cells involved in your disease and their behavior.