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What is mantle cell lymphoma?

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Mantle cell lymphoma is cancer of white blood cells. These help your body fight infections.

You may hear your doctor call your condition a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. These are cancers of the lymphocytes, a specific type of white blood cell.

Lymphocytes are found in your lymph nodes, the pea-sized glands in your neck, groin, armpits, and other places that are part of your immune system.

If you have mantle cell lymphoma, some of your lymphocytes, called B-cell lymphocytes, change into cancer cells. This means they multiply quickly and out of control.

These cancer cells start to form tumors in your lymph nodes. They may enter your blood and spread to other lymph nodes, as well as your bone marrow (the soft center where blood cells are made), digestive tract, spleen, and liver.

Often, mantle cell lymphoma has spread to other parts of your body by the time you get a diagnosis. Although in most cases it can't be cured, treatment and support can help you live longer and better. And researchers are looking for new treatments that can do even more.

It's normal to have worries and questions about any serious condition. Learn about your treatment options, and seek out family and friends for support. They can help you get through the emotional and physical challenges ahead.

From: Mantle Cell Lymphoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Types of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Cancercare.org: "Mantle Cell Lymphoma and New Treatments on the Horizon."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Get Information and Support," "Mantle Cell Lymphoma Facts."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Lymph Node Biopsy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 3, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Types of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Cancercare.org: "Mantle Cell Lymphoma and New Treatments on the Horizon."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Get Information and Support," "Mantle Cell Lymphoma Facts."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Lymph Node Biopsy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 3, 2019

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