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B-cell lymphoma


Other Names for this Disease
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell
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Overview

B-cell lymphoma refers to types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that are characterized by abnormalities of the "B-cells" (a type of white blood cell that makes antibodies to help fight infection). The condition may grow and spread slowly with few symptoms (also known as indolent lymphoma) or may be very aggressive with severe symptoms. When present, signs and symptoms may include swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin; abdominal pain; fatigue; fever; night sweats; and/or weight loss. The underlying cause of B-cell lymphoma is poorly understood. However, the condition can be associated with genetic abnormalities, environmental factors, viruses, immunodeficiency states, and connective-tissue disorders. Treatment is based on many factors, including the severity of the condition and the associated signs and symptoms.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 1/10/2016

References

  1. Ajeet Gajra, MD. B-Cell Lymphoma. MedlinePlus. September 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/202677-overview.
  2. Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment (PDQ®). National Cancer Institute. November 2015; http://www.cancer.gov/types/lymphoma/patient/adult-nhl-treatment-pdq#section/_129.
  3. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Mayo Clinic. January 2015; http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/non-hodgkins-lymphoma/basics/definition/con-20027792.
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Basic Information

  • The American Cancer Society provides information on B-cell lymphoma. Please click on the link to access this resource.
  • Mayo Clinic has an information page on B-cell lymphoma.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
  • The National Cancer Institute provides the most current information on cancer for patients, health professionals, and the general public.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell
Related Diseases
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