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Updated: 09/03/2017 08:30:00AM

Understanding lymphoma and its potential causes

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The human body’s immune system is integral to its short- and long-term health, helping guard the body from a host of threats, including germs and viruses. But the immune system can be compromised, and when this happens, the results can be severe.

Lymphoma is one of the more troubling issues that can compromise a person’s immune system. A cancer of the lymph system, which is a part of the immune system, lymphoma comes in many forms, and recognizing which type of lymphoma a person has can help a doctor tailor a treatment plan and provide a more accurate prognosis to his or her patients. But men and women also can benefit from understanding lymphoma, as it can help them more effectively manage their disease or better understand what a loved one diagnosed with lymphoma is going through.

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