Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The lymphatic system is a network of interconnected tissues and organs that help your body get rid of waste, toxins, and other unwanted material.
The lymphatic system includes lymph vessels, which are similar to blood vessels except that they carry lymph fluid instead of blood. The lymph vessels route this lymph fluid through lymph nodes to filter out harmful substances. Lymph nodes also contain special immune cells, known as lymphocytes, which attack and destroy germs to fight infection.
In lymphoma, abnormal lymphocytes grow at uncontrolled rates. In the early stages of the disease, the abnormal lymphocytes grow in the lymph node. As the cancer progresses, the abnormal lymphocytes begin growing in other parts of the body.
At Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, medical oncologists, including Dr. Bo Wang, treat patients with lymphoma cancers. There are different types of therapies available to treat lymphoma cancers, with promising cancer research on the horizon.
Watch this video to learn more about the different types of lymphoma, symptoms, staging, and options for treatment including clinical trials.
When you’re ready, click the button to make an appointment with one of our lymphoma cancer specialists. The WVCI team is conveniently located in Corvallis, Eugene, Florence, and Lincoln City, ready to talk to you about your lymphoma cancer and all your personalized treatment options. It’s important for you to get good information and choose the treatment that’s best for you. We’re here to answer your questions and help you every step of the way.