What is lymphoma?
Lymphoma is a blood cancer and the most common cancer in teenagers and young people!
Lymphoma is a cancer that forms tumours in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of your immune system which is made up of Lymphatic vessels and some of our organs.
Lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes (white blood cells that help to fight infection) become out of control. They divide in an abnormal way or do not die when they should. The affected lymphocytes collect and collect in your glands.
Check out our explainer video to get clued up on the signs and symptoms of lymphoma and your lymphatic system! Then go and check your body and get to know what's normal for you!
What symptoms of Lymphoma you have depends on where the lymphoma starts and what parts of your body it affects. Like any cancer, lymphoma can affect the function of the tissue involved. For example, if it affects your lungs, you might have a cough or shortness of breath and if lymphoma is growing in your abdomen you may experience abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation.
There are many different types of lymphoma which can behave differently and need different treatment.