Lymphoma is a form of cancer that affects the defensive cells of the immune system, which help the body to fight infections and diseases.
It is because lymph tissue is found throughout the body that this type of cancer may arise in any part of the body and cause, according to the National Cancer Institute, two general types of lymphoma: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and it can occur in both children and adults.
As a general rule, explains the website Dmedicina.com, lymphomas occur as swollen lymph nodes when they appear in accessible areas, such as the neck, armpit or groin, and are difficult to diagnose in areas such as the abdomen. They appear with general symptoms, such as fever over 38 degrees, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.
It is essential for anyone who notes swollen masses in any of the body parts mentioned above, and if symptoms persist for more than two weeks, to see their doctor as a matter of priority. The treatment of lymphoma depends on the following factors: the prognosis, age and general condition of the patient.
September 15 is World Lymphoma Day, which is a date intended to raise awareness in society about the risk factors, care and treatment of this disease.