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What is small lymphocytic lymphoma?

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Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) is a cancer that affects a type of white blood cell called a "lymphocyte" that helps your body fight infection. You may hear your doctor refer to it as a "non-Hodgkin's lymphoma."

When you have SLL, too many ineffective lymphocytes live and multiply in your lymph nodes, which are part of your immune system.

SLL tends to grow slowly. You may not have any symptoms when you're first diagnosed. A lot of people find out they have SLL when it's detected after a blood test for another reason.

From: Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Overview," "What Is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Get Information and Support."

Lymphoma Research Foundation: "CLL/SLL Overview"

MacMillan Cancer Support:  "Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma," "Tests for CLL."

Leukaemia Foundation: Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)."

Leukaemia Care: "Small lymphocytic lymphoma SLL)."

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Overview," "What Is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Get Information and Support."

Lymphoma Research Foundation: "CLL/SLL Overview"

MacMillan Cancer Support:  "Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma," "Tests for CLL."

Leukaemia Foundation: Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)."

Leukaemia Care: "Small lymphocytic lymphoma SLL)."

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

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