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Lymphatic System Cancer

The lymphatic system — also known as the immune system — is part of the circulatory system. It’s responsible for draining fluids, transporting dietary fats and protecting the body against invasion. Through ducts and lymph nodes, the lymphatic system carries fluid to the heart. It also helps filter blood plasma out of the capillaries and redistribute it into the blood. There are two types of lymphatic system cancer:

Hodgkin’s Disease
Hodgkin’s Disease occurs when a type of cell, named the Reed-Sternberg cell, is present in the white blood cells of the lymphatic system. This disease may cause enlargement of lymph nodes, the spleen and other immune tissue.

Non-Hodgkin’s Disease
Non-Hodgkin’s Disease is cancer of the white blood cells in the lymphatic system. There are many types of Non-Hodgkin’s Disease, both fast and slow growing. Doctors distinguish between these types based on the cancer cells’ appearance and whether certain proteins are present on the surface of the cell.

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More Information about Lymphatic System Cancer
For more detailed information about lymphatic system cancer, risk factors, signs and symptoms, common treatment options and more, please explore the resources below:

The National Cancer Institute’s (NIH) detailed information about lymphoma cancers
The American Cancer Society’s guide to Hodgkin’s Disease

Last Updated: 10/17/13