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What is Burkitt lymphoma?

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Burkitt lymphoma is a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in which cancer starts in immune cells called B-cells. Recognized as the fastest growing human tumor, Burkitt lymphoma is associated with impaired immunity and is rapidly fatal if left untreated. However, intensive chemotherapy can achieve long-term survival in more than half the people with Burkitt lymphoma.

From: Burkitt Lymphoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas." Ferry, J. , 2006. Macmillan.org: "Burkitt lymphoma and Burkitt-like lymphoma." Merck Manual Home Edition: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas." Perkins, A. , 2008.




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Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES: Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas." Ferry, J. , 2006. Macmillan.org: "Burkitt lymphoma and Burkitt-like lymphoma." Merck Manual Home Edition: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas." Perkins, A. , 2008.




The OncologistHematology

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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