There are many different types of lymphoma. Advanced diagnostic techniques are necessary for an accurate diagnosis. Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida uses the latest diagnostic methods to precisely confirm the type and stage of lymphoma so you receive the right treatment for your condition. Our techniques can identify even the rarest types of lymphoma.
At Miami Cancer Institute, you will receive innovative care. A multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists works together to develop a treatment plan just for you. This level of attention is important for delivering complete care that includes new methods when appropriate.
Lymphoma is a cancer that affects a type of white blood cell called a lymphocyte. It typically occurs in the lymph nodes and other lymphatic tissue.
The condition happens when the genetic information (DNA) that controls lymphocyte production changes so that it no longer works correctly. This causes the body to produce dysfunctional lymphocytes that grow uncontrollably
There are over 70 different types of lymphoma that are organized into two groups:
Lymphoma types also differ by their rate of development – some types progress slowly while others grow quickly.
Though doctors do not yet know what causes lymphoma, one possible risk factor is a weak immune system. Reasons why your immune system can become weak include:
We do not know yet if there is a way to prevent lymphoma. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle to protect your immune system and avoid infection could possibly lower your risk, but more research is needed in this area.