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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

  • Posted: 02/12/2008

About This Booklet

This National Cancer Institute (NCI) booklet [NIH Publication No. 07-1567] is about non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the immune system. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is also called NHL. In 2013, about 70,000 Americans will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

This booklet is only about non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is not about Hodgkin lymphoma (also called Hodgkin disease). 

People with Hodgkin lymphoma have different treatment options. Instead of this booklet, they may want to read What You Need To Know About™ Hodgkin Lymphoma.

This booklet tells about diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. Learning about the medical care for people with lymphoma can help you take an active part in making choices about your own care.

This booklet has lists of questions to ask your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit. To help remember what your doctor says, you can take notes or ask whether you may use a tape recorder. You may also want to have a family member or friend go with you when you talk with the doctor -- to take part in the discussion, to take notes, or just to listen.