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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.

signs and symptoms

  • Swelling or lump in the belly
  • Swelling of lymphnodes
  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Poor appetite

types of lymphoma

  • 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).

diagnosis and treatment

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:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Stem cell transplant

Dayton Children's Difference

Your child is treated with latest and most effective cancer treatment protocols in the world and is cared for by an experienced team of cancer professionals in our new state-of-the-art cancer center.

Dayton Children's is a member of the Children's Oncology Group, a multi-center alliance with other leading pediatric cancer institutions, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Boston Children's Hospital. The Children's Oncology Group conducts studies designed to improve our understanding of childhood cancer, its treatment and its cure. This membership ensures your child receives access to the best protocols and clinical trials. Dayton Children's pediatric cancer patient outcomes are consistent with the superior results of other top pediatric cancer institutions.

Our team of cancer experts realize a cancer diagnosis is physically and emotionally draining for your child and your family. Therefore we design your child's care plan to be as effective and comfortable as possible. On your child's first visit, you and your child will meet the cancer team; doctor, nurses, and the nurse navigator. Your child will be cared for by the same doctor and cancer team throughout their treatment, all the way to survivorship. Our nurse navigator is readily available for your child's and your family's unique care needs, including scheduling appointments, preparations for hospital stays, tips for homecare, explanations of treatment protocols, and much more.

questions or concerns? 

If you have additional questions, we're here for you. Fill out the form below and a member of our cancer team will get back to you.

contact us request an appointment

The hematology/oncology department welcomes phone calls to 937-641-3111 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.


A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling 937-641-3111. 

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