Lymphoma is a general term for a variety of cancer that begins in
the lymphatic system. In technical terms, lymphoma denotes
malignancies of lymphocytes or, more rarely, of histiocytes.
Collectively, these cell types form the reticuloendothelial system
and circulate in the vessels of the lymphatic system. Just as there
are many types of lymphocytes, so there are many types of lymphoma.
Traditionally, Lymphoma is classified as Hodgkin's lymphoma, discovered by Thomas Hodgkin in 1832, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (all other types of lymphoma).
As with other cancers, lymphoma is a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases. In lymphoma, the diseases are classified according to the type of abnormal cell found. As mentioned earlier the two main forms are:
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