Indolent Lymphoma: A type of lymphoma that tends to grow and spread slowly, and has few symptoms. Also called low-grade lymphoma.
• Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of cancer.
• Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system.
• Hodgkin's disease is one type of lymphoma.
• All other lymphomas are grouped together and are called non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
• Lymphomas account for about 5 percent of all cases of cancer in this country.
• Doctors have used a variety of terms to classify the many different types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
• Most often, they are grouped by how the cancer cells look under a microscope and how quickly they are likely to grow and spread.
• Aggressive lymphomas, also known as intermediate and high-grade lymphomas, tend to grow and spread quickly and cause severe symptoms.
• Indolent lymphomas, also referred to as low-grade lymphomas, tend to grow quite slowly and cause fewer symptoms.
• Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the most common treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
• Bone marrow transplantation, biological therapies, or surgery are sometimes used.
• Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells.
• The most common symptom of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin.
• There will be about 63,190 new cases of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in U.S. in 2007
• About 18,660 people will die of NHL in U.S. in 2007
• NHL is more common in men than in women
• Whites are affected by NHL more often than African Americans or Asian Americans.
• A person's risk of getting NHL during his or her lifetime is 1 in 50
Sources: National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society