Possible causes for non-Hodgkin lymphoma   3 comments

Taken from MayoClinic.com

Doctors aren’t sure what causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma occurs when your body produces too many abnormal lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell. Normally, lymphocytes go through a predictable life cycle. Old lymphocytes die, and your body creates new ones to replace them. In non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, your lymphocytes don’t die, but continue to grow and divide. This oversupply of lymphocytes crowds into your lymph nodes, causing them to swell.

B cells and T cells
There are two types of lymphocytes, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma usually involves one or the other.

B cells fight infection by producing antibodies that neutralize foreign invaders. Most non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma arises from B cells.
T cells are involved in killing foreign invaders directly. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma occurs less often in T cells.
Whether your non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma arises from your B cells or T cells helps to determine your treatment options.


Posted July 2, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

3 responses to “Possible causes for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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  1. PCBs are a main cause, I’ve read

    Mintu Patipaspu
  2. Yeah I heard that PCBs cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma too

  3. There are so many causes, but PCBs are generally accepted as a main cause.

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