Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is the sixth most frequently diagnosed cancer and one of the most rapidly increasing types of cancer in the United States. Since the early 1970s, its incidence has nearly doubled. In 2009, nearly 66,000 people will be diagnosed and more than 19,000 individuals will die from the disease. This year about 574,000 people will be living with the disease.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells in the lymphatic system. There are two types of white blood cells that can give rise to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes. Of the more than 30 types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular (low-grade) lymphoma are the two most common. Approximately 85 percent of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cases occur in abnormal B-cells.