Follicular lymphoma - Definition

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Definition


Follicular lymphoma is a cancer caused by the abnormal proliferation of white blood cells, the B-lymphocytes. Follicular lymphoma is most often located in the lymph nodes, mainly those located in the armpits or neck. This is a common lymphoma that usually appears around the age of 55. This type of lymphoma usually presents very few symptoms outside the presence of lymph nodes, and an increase in the size of the spleen and liver. Progression is slow, with a good general state, but the risk is the transformation of the lymphoma into a more aggressive variant, with a rapid worsening of symptoms. The diagnosis requires a biopsy of a lymph node. Follicular lymphoma may be treated by radiotherapy or more often by chemotherapy.

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Published by Jeff. Latest update on December 11, 2013 at 05:17 AM by Jeff.
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