Lymphomas are cancers that develop in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Lymphomas are the third most common pediatric cancer typer, accounting for 15% of all cases.
- Swelling or lump in the belly
- Swelling of lymphnodes
- Poor appetite
- Hodgkin's lymphoma is the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells, a specifc type of abnormal cells, in the cancerous lymph node.
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer that starts in white blood cells (lymphocytes).
A diagnosis begins with a physical examination looking for enlarged lymph nodes and areas of swelling. Then the following tests can be used to confirm a diagnosis:
- Blood Tests
- CT Scan
- PET Scan
- Biopsy of affected tissue
Treatment options include:
- Targeted therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Stem cell transplant